- Julio M. Shiling
Understanding the U.S. House Speaker Stalemate.
2023 has started with considerable fireworks in American politics. As of this writing, 6 attempts have been made on deciding who will hold the speakership of the U.S. House of Representatives. This is the third most important position in the nation’s political power arrangement, hierarchically speaking. Is this necessarily bad? Does it mean the Republican Party is in disarray? Is there historical precedents for this apparently awkward situation?
Modernity and systemic alterations have gotten us used to uniformity in these types of political courses. The U.S. presidential system, with its divided governmental design, seeks to separate power within the federal state’s composition. The American Framers purposely structured this model to remedy expected factious battles that, in the end, would require consensus. In other words, it is the bland uniformity that we have become accustomed to in previous congressional speakership elections, as well as national political conventions where state electors had certain autonomous powers to bypass party kingmakers that planned coronations instead of competitive contests that better express popular sovereignty.Continue Reading …Understanding the U.S. House Speaker Stalemate