The Fine Print
What would Frank Underwood do?
As House Republicans prepare to go behind closed doors Thursday to select a new majority leader by secret ballot, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert says the election epitomizes the worst kind of politics.
“The most treacherous politics is the palace politics, the inside politics,” Hastert told “The Fine Print.”
“I whipped those inside races, and you would ask a person and make sure you have three commitments from that person at different times, eye ball to eye ball, 'Yes, you're going to vote for me,' and make sure those things are in writing and a name is with it,” Hastert said. “And even then you can't always count it… because when a person votes on a secret ballot, you don't know what they're going to put down.”
House Republicans are selecting a new majority leader in the wake of Eric Cantor’s surprising defeat last week in the Virginia primary. Despite ongoing tensions inside the Republican Party, with Tea Party activists challengingRead More »from Real-life ‘House of Cards’? Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert weighs in on secret-ballot election