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No, Donald Trump probably can’t take down Kevin McCarthy

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Donald Trump may be upset with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s decision to pull Republican appointments from the House Jan. 6 select committee. But don’t think for a moment that the former president’s discontent will damage McCarthy’s bid to become speaker. It won’t.

House members select their leaders based on a number of criteria. By far the most important are their ability to raise money and elect more members of the same party. McCarthy passes that test with flying colors.

He is a prodigious fundraiser, bringing in more than $104 million this cycle as of April for House Republican campaign coffers. That money, plus fundraising from outside allies such as the Congressional Leadership Fund, ensures that existing members and challengers alike will have the money to fend off Democratic foes. Many Republican members will owe their victories to McCarthy’s millions, and they will not lightly throw away the goose laying their golden eggs.

Members will also have........

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