House GOP already eyeing a future without Mike Johnson

January 22, 2024

But more than 100 of them signaled frustration with Johnson’s approach to government spending by opposing a funding patch on Thursday, including House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik of New York. Which leaves, for some House Republicans, a clear connection between this fall’s election and their future leadership team. If the GOP hangs onto the House, Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.) Broadly speaking, if House Republicans put up a lackluster showing this fall, there’s no guarantee that any member of their leadership — including Johnson, Scalise and Emmer — would be safe. But as House Republicans discovered during the 2022 midterms, when their leaders’ predictions of a “red wave” evaporated and smaller gains materialized, what constitutes a win depends on who you ask.