Why House Democrats Have Fallen in Line and Republicans Haven’t

From an Inside the Times column by Blake Hounshell and Julie Hirschfeld Davis headlined “Why House Democrats Have Fallen in Line and Republicans Haven’t”:

In the expectations game that is American politics, losing is the new winning.

Republicans are putting their would-be House speaker, Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, through a grueling series of public tests, with his ultimate fate uncertain. So far, at least five Republicans have said they will oppose McCarthy’s bid when it comes up for a vote of the full House in January. He needs to win a majority.