Freedom Caucus tactics may backfire - Bednar

June 10, 2023 Newsweek

Jenna Bednar, Newsweek: Jenna Bednar, professor of political science and public policy at the University of Michigan, told Newsweek that although the headaches will likely continue while some members keep McCarthy "hostage," it may inadvertently shore up the party's moderate wing in the chamber.

"The Freedom Caucus, angry about the debt deal, are...defining 'unity' to mean bend the Republican agenda to meet the preferences of 10 extremist members," Bednar said. "Their holdout may have an unexpected consequence: moderate Republicans may find it more palatable to negotiate with moderate Democrats.