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Here Are the Nine Contestants

In the 1950s, there was a TV show on NBC called Queen for a Day in which women would tell tales of woe about their financial or emotional situations. Some needed medical care for a sick child, or a hearing aid, or a new refrigerator. Many cried as they made their cases. At the end of the show the studio audience voted by clapping. The woman who got the most decibels won. She would be draped in a sable-trimmed velvet robe while the host read a list of extra prizes she was getting in addition to what she had requested. Many of the prizes were donated by companies who thought the huge good publicity greatly outweighed the cost of the product or service they were donating. Today we have GoFundMe and GiveSendGo, where fake elector Cathy Latham is still stuck at $22,000 and 2,800 prayers.

The House seems to be running a variant of this; call it Speaker Candidate for a Day. The contestants all tell the audience (the GOP caucus) why they deserve to be speaker more than the other contestants, and then someone is chosen to be speaker-designate for a day. Then the full House drops a new refrigerator on that person and it starts all over. For tomorrow's show, the deadline has now passed and there are nine contestants. This evening they will all make their case and today or tomorrow one of them will be the so-called winner. Whether someone who gets even 100 votes can suddenly get the entire caucus behind him and get 217 votes on the floor of the House remains to be seen. Here are the contestants, in alphabetical order.

So there you have it. When we put a quick table together for Sunday's post, we used whether or not a member signed the election denying amicus brief as our decider for whether or not a member was an election denier. Turns out, even the contenders who did not sign the brief stepped up to try to toss out some EVs. They're all election deniers. Sigh.

We think it would be impressive if any of the nine candidates got even a majority of the caucus. We think the most likely candidates to come out on top of the secret ballot are Emmer, Hern, and Sessions, but all three of them will have a tough battle to get to 217.

Yesterday on CNN, Liz Cheney castigated the House Republican Conference and said the Party has lost its way. She said: "We have to have a party that gets back to advocating those conservative policies, gets back to embracing the Constitution. That is not what the Republican Party is doing today." She is not running for speaker but didn't rule out running for president (as an independent). If she wants to, she needs to get started now. She clearly couldn't win but might get enough votes from traditional Republicans to sink Trump. She definitely would not mind being a spoiler if Trump were the victim. The problem is that she might end up giving Democrats who really don't want to vote for Biden a non-Trump alternative. (V)

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