Republican right "frags" Kevin McCarthy.

Republican right “frags” Kevin McCarthy.

“Over the last week it has become clear to me that our conference is deeply divided and needs to unite behind one leader. I have always put this conference ahead of myself. Therefore I am withdrawing my candidacy for speaker of the House. I look forward to working alongside my colleagues to help move our conference’s agenda and our country forward.” [New York Times]

THE IMPLOSION of the Republican party is now in full view of the American electorate. On MSNBC, Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent said that McCarthy had been “fragged,” a Vietnam era term that boils down to the killing your own. As Chris Matthews aptly stated, “a political record is a rap sheet” these days.

The bookend is who’s leading the presidential race, which includes Donald Trump, as well as Ben Carson.

Whatever Ronald Reagan’s party used to be it just took another step away from the man whose politics is now anathema to House Republicans. Working with Democrats to get things done for the American people isn’t the priority of the Republican right.

What will the Democratic response be? We shall see, but pressure from outsiders has already had an effect.

Yesterday we saw Hillary Clinton do a back flip to stand against TPP. That’s considered smart primary politics, but it also is a result of intense pressure coming from Bernie Sanders. A candidate who’s leading her in two states who isn’t even a registered Democrat.

People need to remember that the Speaker of the House is third in line for the presidency.

Then again, Republican voters think Ben Carson is qualified to be commander in chief, so we really shouldn’t expect much from the right when it comes to running the House.