This was probably the conservatives' best chance of EVER picking the leader of the Senate, but it did not happen. It would be hard to imagine the GOP ever reaching a higher number, especially so now. There are 35 senators in the Senate; 24 Republicans won seats but Senator Lamoureaux is resigning because he is going to work for the Asa Hutchinson, the new governor.
So there are 23 Republican Senators and only eleven Democrats. Yet when a true conservative, Senator Gary Stubblefield, rose up to counter Jonathan Dismang (the main architect of the Private Option) as leader of the Senate, there was not a strong enough mandate from Republicans supporting him, and he stepped down to keep unity.
So basically the eleven Democrats with the help of probably seven Republicans kept the true conservative Senator Stubblefield from being elected as Senate leader. You might want to ask your Senators who they supported. Even though Dismang is a Republican, one can figure out what type of Republican he is considering all the Democrats supported him and considering he was a major architect of the Private Option. That's the way legislators keep electing liberal leaders just as they did with Davy Carter - with the vote of all the Democrats and a few Republicans. We had a great opportunity this time but lost it.
Those Republicans who committed to vote for Jonathan Dismang as senate leader, a major architect of the Private Option, had to know the voters back home who put them in office would not want them to support Dismang.
If you really want consensus and to represent those people who you are supposed to be representing, you would resign as speaker and let the newly elected representatives vote for a new Speaker without threats from you or the Democrats. With a 64 Republican majority (an increase of 13 Republicans) and with only 35 Democrats in the House, the people have sent a very strong mandate that they want conservative leaders instead of a follower of Davy Carter who evidently pulled all the Democrat votes to get you elected Speaker.
Batshit crazy - and I don't care if you quote me