(Politico) The doubts haunted Kevin McCarthy.
Publicly, he projected an air of confidence, the appearance of the man who would be the next speaker of the House. But in private, his allies told him the pursuit for power was changing him and he wasn't himself. Some said that even if he won, he couldn't govern.
"We need somebody to get us 247," McCarthy said in an extensive interview with POLITICO Thursday, referring to the total number of House Republicans. "And I was never going to be able to get 247."
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