WATCH: Maddow Brutally Mocks GOP's Speaker of the House Screw-Up
Kevin McCarthy's surprise dropout for the Speaker of the House position has left the Republican Party's leadership reeling and Rachel Maddow positively giddy.
"It appears no one can get the votes to get that job," Maddow said about the increasingly toxic Speakership role. "[McCarthy] is not viable, but no one else is." This leaves the GOP in a bit of a crisis, she explained, that will likely end up with John Boehner staying on as Speaker -- a job he's made clear he no longer wants.
“I had this terrible nightmare last night," Boehner allegedly told a friend, according to Maddow. "That I was trying to get out and I couldn’t get out. And a hand came reaching, pulling me.”
After McCarthy's "shocking" drop out this nightmare scenario, that Boehner would be "pulled back" in and remain Speaker, appears increasingly likely. Paul Ryan apparently doesn't want the job, for many of the same reasons. According to CNN much of it comes down to an ideological split between the more conservative side and the establishment:
Moreover, he had grown angry at a group of rabble-rousing conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus. He methodically courted and promised to work with them. He spoke to the conservative caucus Tuesday night and, by all accounts, he gave an effective presentation.
But the bloc still threatened to undermine his candidacy when it came for a vote on the House floor, people close to him said. He sensed he wouldn't be able to win them over unless he gave into a growing list of demands.
It's unclear who could step in and bridge this divide. Rachel Maddow breaks down the crisis below: