United States – While the Democratic minority leader in the House Republic, Hakeem Jeffries’ mandate is mostly confined, tomorrow, he might be as powerful as any other senator.

This is the reason the chamber’s speaker, Republican Mike Johnson, is anticipated to require the majority of his opposition party members, Democrats, to fight off a challenge from those of his own party who are members of the hardline group that has already succeeded in bringing down two party leaders in just eight months, as reported by Reuters.

In October, a small but hard-hitting faction of Republicans, for only the first time ever, removed the speaker from his position. This caused months-long leadership change tension that almost stopped the Senate. However, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene stepped up the game by proposing the impeachment of Johnson.

“House Republicans are either indecisive or lack powers to restrain and control the extreme MAGA Republicans like Marjorie Taylor Greene. Therefore, it occurs on the coalition of Republicans and Democrats to partner and enforce it,” Jeffries, a 53-year-old, stated last week. He referred to members from his own party coming out to say they would vote to approve Johnson — a distinct move — to nullify the turmoil that came about from the last year.

Potential Political Shifts

Hakeem Jeffries, Minority Leader of the U.S House of Representatives. Credit | REUTERS

The Democrats might pull off and incidentally fill the Republicans’ one-seat majority in the House of Representatives in the Nov. 5 elections. The election of Jeffries as the first Black speaker of the House, if realized, would put him second as the presidency officer after the vice president. Some have started declaring the New York lawmaker “shadow speaker” already.

“The Democratic Representative, Ro Khanna, said in a recent interview, “Jeffries, through keeping us cohesive and achieving agreement, has done a nice job. He leads with a gentle touch and welcomes the opinions of other members.”

Among others, Representative Pramila Jayapal, who is the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, described Jeffries as “an incredible leader”.

However, she concedes that if her party members support a political enemy, they expect reciprocation.

“My concern is that this speaker is anti-choice, anti-democracy, anti-immigrant, and we are going to have to go back to people and explain why we would have saved the speaker,” she said in an interview last week.

Johnson was censured by his party’s hardliners for working with Democrats to pass bills as a shut-down aversion and further aid to Ukraine.

However, Jayapal still expects some further concessions, especially if Democrats themselves “protect Johnson.” For instance, she mentioned the prospect of renewing the expiring “Affordable Connectivity Program,” which is one of the options.

Republican Response and Trump’s Influence

Johnson’s ousting might be a political loss for Republicans winning an election year, just like the October House chaos, another reason Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, worries about the move.

Trump’s advice has not even eased hardline Republicans who were furious that Johnson, the 4-term conservative senator from Louisiana, was slow.

Implications for Party Dynamics

“There was nothing in his prior life, political or private, that qualified him for this job. He is a lost ball in tall weeds,” said far-right Republican Representative Thomas Massie, who is backing Greene’s effort.

Jeffries, a candidate for the leadership role endorsed by former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, got much less from his own caucus, even though his job was easier because he has never had to drive the House agenda with all the political consequences that obviously come with it, as reported by Reuters.

One aide who worked with the Democrats and who requested anonymity said, “Presenting against a backdrop of sideshows is one way to look great.”