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‘Crisis and Confusion’: Four Days of GOP Barbs, Chaos and Cigars

Kevin McCarthy’s torturous bid for House speaker leads to shattered records and abandoned norms.

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It was a near-fist fight on the House floor. It was four days of name-calling, late-night huddles, rush deliveries of pizzas and burritos. It was cigar smoke wafting through the hallways, diaper changes and a dog on the floor of the US House of Representatives. 

Establishment Republicans were horrified. Democrats snickered. Comedian Jon Stewart called it the best season of C-SPAN ever.