Speaker of the House of Representatives may be second in line to the presidency, but it has become one of the least attractive perches of power in Washington.
The shock of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's withdrawal from the speaker's election Thursday has wrought even more chaos for a body already plagued by dysfunction. As lawmakers searched for viable replacements, there was little consensus about who should step into the leadership role. Fewer still would admit to wanting the job.
“It's not on my to-do list,” said Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican.
“It's a thankless task,” said Rep. Joe L. Barton, a Texas Republican. “It's a killer.”