The question of whether Boehner’s surprising resignation is good or bad for the Jews is complex. A bloody battle for succession could divide the party, potentially damaging its chances in the 2016 elections. Such an outcome would displease Netanyahu, to say the least. California’s Kevin McCarthy, who succeeded Cantor as Majority Leader and was one of Kevin Spacey’s muses as he prepared to portray the conniving Frank Underwood in the television series House of Cards, is considered the leading candidate to replace Boehner. McCarthy also has strong pro-Israel credentials and the proper conservative bona fides but he may nonetheless be considered too moderate for the Tea Party inspired radicals. Some of them are interested in burning down the house, as it were, and will make do with nothing less than complete capitulation to their demands.
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