For the first time in American history, our former president has been indicted on federal charges.
Also recently, for the first time in history, our Republican speaker of the House was toppled by a motion to vacate.
It's been a year of firsts for Republicans, and not all of them have been good.
The sad truth of the matter for McCarthy fans is that Kevin's fate has already been sealed.
There was virtually no way that McCarthy would get his spot back, and he's already announced that he doesn't intend to seek it again anyway.
However, that doesn't mean that America can just continue operating without a speaker of the House in place, so a replacement for Speaker Pro Tempore Representative Patrick McHenry is going to have to be picked sooner or later.
Here is a look at the people who could possibly replace him:
1) Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio.
Jordan is a favorite among Trump supporters.
2) Steve Scalise, America's Number 2 House Republican.
The man whose efforts led to the ouster of McCarthy, Matt Gaetz of Florida, has already suggested that he thinks "very highly" of Steve Scalise, and the Louisiana lawmaker thinks that he could reunite the Republican "family" if given the chance.
He said that his experience of being shot while at a congressional baseball practice in 2017 would make him a good choice:
During that time, I was often asked why after nearly losing my life because of this job I would want to go back. But it was never a question for me: I love this country, and I believe we were sent here to come together and solve the immense challenges we face.
3) Kevin Hern, Chairman of the Republican Study Committee.
Representative Lauren Boebert, the 36-year-old grandmother from Colorado, called Hern a "unifier" who could bring the party together.
Hern said that something has to change among Republicans, and he might just be able to make it happen:
"We're doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results where leadership just keeps ascending through the ranks. People have asked me about looking at an alternate choice," Hern said. "And so, I'm going around talking about this issue with other groups of people and see if their votes are there."
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