The House is mak­ing his­to­ry, but not as the GOP envi­sioned

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is mak­ing his­to­ry this year in ways that Repub­li­cans could hard­ly have envi­sioned when the par­ty took con­trol.
First, the Repub­li­cans vot­ed to oust their speak­er, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, in Octo­ber. On Fri­day they vot­ed to get rid of one of their own, indict­ed Rep. George San­tos of New York.
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Nev­er before had a House major­i­ty vot­ed to evict its speak­er, and not since the Civ­il War had the cham­ber vot­ed to expel a mem­ber who was charged but not yet con­vict­ed of a crime.
The result has been a dizzy­ing 11 months in a House major­i­ty riv­en by infight­ing, chis­el­ing away at the pow­ers of Con­gress and tak­ing its toll on the actu­al busi­ness of gov­ern­ing.
As the year comes to a close, the arc of pow­er for House Repub­li­cans is at an inflec­tion point, a new era of per­for­mance pol­i­tics and chaot­ic gov­ern­ing that shows no signs of eas­ing.
“Is it messy? Yeah, sure,” said Repub­li­can Rep. Mike Lawler, among the New York­ers who led the ou …