Kevin McCarthy has a road to the House speaker's job

Reps. Cedric Richmond D-La. right and Steve Scalise R-La. play during the Republicans 8-7 victory in the 55th Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park

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"I think the reality of the situation is this is D.C. There are a lot of "Type A" personalities here", said Representative Tom Reed, a New York Republican.

Scalise answered, "No, and I've said that before. So yes, that's what I'm going to do".

House Speaker Paul Ryan's announcement Wednesday that he would not seek re-election triggered a battle for the position. Behind the scenes, however, members of his own party were less than enchanted.

A senior GOP House member predicted this about Ryan's future: "He will be gone by the end of July". Ryan's legitimacy as a donor vessel is less in doubt than his ability to hold together a deeply fractured party-there's growing concern that, in his new role as lame duck, he'll be powerless in the face of intra-party feuds.

What we're hearing: One source close to leadership told us: "Scuttlebutt is that Paul will have to step down from speakership soon". But others said the race could stretch until after the election clarifies the number, ideology and mood of House Republicans.

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If Democrats prevail in the November elections, the job opening will be for minority leader, a much less powerful position. I don't want to get into speculation.

"I know most don't go out on their own terms and [former Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid just did this, and he announced he wasn't going to run, and he stayed on as Senate leader and that's what I am going to do", Ryan said. "It's not like right versus left or a good guy versus a bad guy". We still have a lot of more work to get done'.

Worse, a six-month delay could up the ante in the already-contentious race to succeed Ryan.

A day after his retirement announcement, Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanRyan signals support for McCarthy as next GOP leader Paul Ryan's successor must embrace the House Freedom Caucus Bannon's Russian Federation probe cover-up plan would start two political civil wars MORE (R-Wis.) on Wednesday signaled support for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyRyan signals support for McCarthy as next GOP leader Trump, GOP leaders don't talk Mueller at private dinner Hoyer's spot as Pelosi heir challenged by younger reps MORE (R-Calif.) as his successor.

Jordan, R-Ohio, said the Freedom Caucus, a staunchly conservative group of about three dozen House Republicans, hasn't decided who they'd throw their support behind. Though there's some sense that the Majority Leader, who is well-liked by Trump, is the favorite, Scalise would reportedly leap at an opening if he senses McCarthy won't be able to drum up the necessary votes. No doubt, the Caucus will seek to use this fact as a means of gaining leverage and power within the Caucus and the price that they are likely to ask would likely include chairmanships (or Ranking Member if the GOP ends up the minority) of key House committees as well as leadership slots for some of the top members of the Freedom Caucus itself.

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