Newt Gingrich: GOP in Danger of ‘Meltdown’

( – Former United States House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Georgia Republican, is sounding the alarm over several Republican House members’ opposition to Kevin McCarthy’s candidacy to become the new Speaker.

Gingrich, who was the 50th House Speaker from 1995-1999, stated on Fox News that Republicans opposed to McCarthy’s bid to succeed Democrat Nancy Pelosi as Speaker are attempting to “sink” the GOP.

Gingrich’s warning comes as Kevin McCarthy said on Monday he was confident he would be elected in Tuesday’s vote. He needs 218 votes to become the new House Speaker, while the Republicans have a majority of 222 seats.

Several GOP House Reps., including Andy Biggs of Arizona, Matt Gaetz of Florida, and Bob Good of Virginia, have warned they would vote against McCarthy’s candidacy.

“I think the Republican Party right now is in the greatest danger of meltdown that it’s been since 1964. I think that’s true in the Senate. It’s true in the presidential race,” Newt Gingrich commented on Fox & Friends.

He contrasted those areas with what he thought was a stable Republican advantage in the House of Representatives, where McCarthy has “won two consecutive elections” as GOP House leader as the Republicans gained seats in 2020 and 2022.

Gingrich lauded McCarthy as “the singularly most active, best fundraiser, biggest campaigner.”

“I thought at least the House was going to be a sign of stability. And these five guys decided to go out as kamikazes and see if they can’t sink the whole Republican Party. And that’s what they’re doing,” Gingrich commented.

“This is not about Kevin McCarthy. This is about the right of any five members to basically throw away the entire rest of the conference and tell the rest of the conference it doesn’t matter,” he added.

The criticism of the man who, in 1995, ended the Democrats’ four decades of domination in the House of Representatives came after earlier Republican US Rep. Bob Good of Virginia vowed not to support McCarthy for House Speaker.

“I won’t vote for Kevin McCarthy tomorrow. He’s part of the problem. He’s not part of the solution. I’ll be following the will of my constituents, the voters from Virginia’s Fifth District, hundreds of which have told me over the past couple of years not to support Kevin McCarthy,” Wood stated Monday.

He insisted McCarthy hadn’t done anything to earn his vote and was “part of the swamp cartel,” a reference to Washington, DC establishment party politics.

Good accused the California Republican of helping the Democrats pass the recent $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill.

“McCarthy that indicates that he will bring the change that’s needed to Washington or that’s needed to the Congress, or he’ll bring the fight against the Biden-Schumer agenda and represent the interests of the voters who sent us to Washington to bring real change,” the Virginia congressman argued.