Mike Johnson’s Five Stages of Speakership Grief

February 04, 2024

When House Republicans crowned Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) their speaker after a chaotic, weeks-long interregnum, the quiet congressman from Louisiana offered Republicans something many desperately craved: unity. As House Republicans rallied behind Johnson in a closed-door meeting just over 100 days ago, they breathed a collective sigh of relief. Once again, as conservatives left Johnson’s office, they repeatedly told reporters that Johnson was reneging on his deal with Schumer. He acknowledged that House Republicans have struggled under Johnson’s leadership, but insisted that the eight rebels who removed McCarthy were to blame. “Not a shot at Speaker Johnson, just the circumstances changed when Speaker McCarthy was removed.”Gimenez continued that the conference was unified under McCarthy.