|Nathaniel Banks: Speaker of the House|
Over at Politico Magazine Josh Zeitz offer some more historical context to the selection of the next Speaker of the House of Representatives. In 1855 it took two months for the House to select a new Speaker.
Here is a taste of Zeitz's piece:
We’re a far cry from 1855, when an incoming congressional majority—the nascent Republican Party—came to Washington determined to stop the spread of chattel slavery. At the time, this anti-slavery coalition was still provisional and ad hoc; the chief impediment to electing a speaker was reconciling its many factions. And yet today, 160 years later, the now-seasoned Republican Party seems similarly fractured—hostage to a strident minority whom even Eric Cantor, the former GOP majority leader, scores for their unbending refusal to embrace the hard work of “incremental progress, winning hearts and minds before winning the vote—the kind of governance Ronald Reagan perfected.” Which begs the question: Is the Grand Old Party unified enough to lead, or is it reverting to the schismatic and disunited state of its earliest days?...