The Speaker’s Race: to the bitter end
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Tom Craddick has told lieutenants that he has no intention of relinquishing the speakership. If the Republicans have a majority of one, he still will insist that all R’s support him and him alone. An interesting tactical question is whether time is on Craddick’s side or against him. The argument that time is on his side: He still has more than two months to try to woo Democrats into becoming Craddick D’s. The argument that time is against him: With each passing day, it becomes clearer that Craddick doesn’t have the votes to become speaker. For now.