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Mon Mar 27, 2017, 11:21 AM Mar 2017

If Pelosi and Hoyer play their cards right, they can fracture the House

Republican Conference into 1,000 individual shards (technically, 236 shards). The Freedom Caucus of 36 far-right reactionaries has essentially declared its independence from the Republican Conference. That means the newly-trimmed down Republican Party now has only a six-vote lead (200-194) over the unified Democratic Conference.

Looked at another way, Pelosi and Hoyer need only peel off 22 Republicans from the Republican Conference to assemble a working majority of 216 for Democratic policies (and a majority that could elect Pelosi as Speaker).

I'm confident the upcoming battle over tax reform will present Pelosi and Hoyer the opportunity to strike while the opportunity is there.


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