What would happen if Matt Gaetz is expelled from the House?
Publicly expelling Gaetz is a problematic gesture.
- It takes 2/3rds of the House to remove him which the GOP doesn't have.
- It doesn't bar the Congressman from running again in the next election and returning.
- It raises the profile and limelight around the expelled member, which for Gaetz is what he wants anyway.
- If they try and fail, they highlight their own political incompetence, and encourage more of the same bad behavior.
Expelling him is not on the path to resolving the actual problem, nor the path for actually getting real work done. It would be better to leave him in office and punish him with the tools a speaker has been given to control members. Those tools are pety and demeaning, and perfect for the task of punishing and belittling upity members.
Strip them of committee chairmanships, and seats.
So they have no authority or influence beyond their floor vote.
Move their offices to some remote location, and place their parking at some distance from their office and capital building.
It's kind of like giving a member a time out.
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich was publicly calling for Matt Gaetz to be expelled from congress after Kevin McCarthy defeated Gaetz's motion to vacate. Only McCarthy didn't defeat that motion. This highlights the freedom's caucus's ability to remove any subsequent speaker.
So what would happen if Gaetz was expelled? The narrow 5 vote Republican majority would narrow to 4 votes. The other 7 freedom caucus members who supported Gaetz would probable act out. They can't throw them all out. Having been removed Gaetz could still run again, and be elected again. Which would just illustrate how powerless the GOP majority is because they thought they could coexist by empowering this minority.
This is a bed the Republicans made they only have 3 option.
Stand up and force the small problem faction into order. This is gong to be harder now they've already given away most of their advantages. They are under the gun to pass a new budget. The problem faction are enjoying the lime light at the expense of the rest of the party.
Pretend this mess is the Democrats fault, empower their disruptive minority; and weather the large pile of excrement they will all eat over the next 14 months as this behavior likely continues.
Compromise with the Democrats, secure their leadership chose by their majority, change the congressional rules, and then crush the upstarts.
It appears we are headed towards #2.
The new acting speaker is moving to remove Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer from there offices. Clearly more red meat to their clown car wing. This is clearly designed to infuriate Dems and make future compromise more difficult.