If GOP Wins, Who Takes the House Whip Position?

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If you haven’t heard, a big red wave is taking over the United States. Everyone and their mother, including lifelong Democrats, are turning to the Republican Party and its leadership.

The why is basically that the once great or even respected Democratic Party no longer has the people’s needs or wants in mind. Instead, it seems their only concern is a gain more power, money, and all the influence it can get them. That, and their leadership is so far removed from reality, it’s absurd.

But that’s a discussion for another day.

Today, let’s discuss what that means or at least could mean, for the leadership of the Republican Party.

With such a massive red wave on the horizon and already being seen in primary races all across the country, it’s become painfully clear to the Democrats that their slim-held majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives may not live past November.

In the Senate, only one seat is needed to flip for the GOP to gain control. And in the House, only five. And in both, it is expected that these requirements will be well surpassed.

This means that the GOP is once more allowed to take control and, with it, install their own leaders.

For the House of Representatives, in particular, this means a complete restructuring of the Lower House’s leadership.

For starters, long-time House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California will be ousted, opening the door for current House Minority Leader Kevin McCarty of California to take that position. And as those close to him and the House process have indicated, he’s definitely interested in the seat.

Naturally, that leaves the seat of House Majority Leader open to someone like current House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana.

Now, neither of these seats is definite for either congressman mentioned. Obviously, the GOP actually has to win in November for all these changes to happen. And until then, McCarthy has warned against making too many plans about what seats may be open and takeable by members of his party.

And that’s why some in the party are a bit miffed at National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chair Tom Emmer of Minnesota. Emmer has made it quite clear in recent weeks and days that he will be seeking the House Majority Whip position should the GOP win in November.

In a statement on Monday, NRCC Communications Director Michael McAdams said, “Chairman Emmer is focused on winning in November. He’s asked his colleagues for the opportunity to make an argument for Majority Whip once Republicans retake the House and fire Nancy Pelosi.”

According to other close sources, Emmer is basically just asking his co-workers for the opportunity to make an argument for the seat after the midterms and before they commit to anyone else for the position. But as some would say, he’s “getting over his skis” a bit.

As one high-ranking party member says, his current focus should all be on the midterms. After all, his position within the party is specifically tasked with that, as he is the head of the party’s campaign arm. And while his role in that position saw much success in 2020, and he is looking to do the same in the 2022 midterms approach, he will need all the success he can get to convince his colleagues that he’s the man for the job.

This is basically because, should the GOP win, several others will likely also eye the majority whip position.

It has been noted that House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik of New York, who has garnered much attention and respect in recent months, could seek it or be named as an option.

The current chief deputy whip, Drew Ferguson of Georgia, has also been mentioned as a possible contender. Another rising star in the House, Jim Banks of Indiana, has also been put forward as someone who may seek the position or another similar one.

So Emmer will have his work cut out if he intends to prove he’s the right man for the job. Of course, a few other things must happen before we get that far.