The House GOP’s ardu­ous path to a new speak­er

Two weeks before Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R‑CA) was oust­ed from the speak­er­ship, he had a con­ver­sa­tion with Rep. Patrick McHen­ry (R‑NC).
He informed the North Car­oli­na Repub­li­can that he was the per­son on his secret list set to become speak­er pro tem­pore, a prac­tice begun in the after­math of the 9/11 ter­ror­ist attacks to ensure con­ti­nu­ity of gov­ern­ment, if a motion to vacate was suc­cess­ful. At that time, it was­n’t clear if one would even be attempt­ed.
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Nonethe­less, McHen­ry start­ed doing light research about what exact­ly his pow­ers would be if he were to become speak­er pro tem­pore, and then, as it became more clear that the motion to vacate was some­thing that was going to hap­pen, he start­ed doing more inten­sive research about how he would serve in that role.
Then it hap­pened. On …