I think you're 100% right, the Chaos Caucus wants McCarthy's scalp. They (and their supporters) believe that cruelty is the proof of power, humiliation the proof of dominance, and they want it to be *absolutely clear* that they hold the whip hand.

The wild card imho is: are there 4 Rs in purple districts who can see themselves succeeding as Independents or even Dems? If 4 of them switch together, *they* hold the whip hand.

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Jan 5, 2023·edited Jan 5, 2023

"In a parliamentary system, the insurgents would be in their own party, and there would be coalition negotiations"

Certainly not in England or Canada with a first past the post system. They would all be Conservstives just like they are all Republicans here.

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