newtSince John Boehner announced he was retiring from Congress, the House has been in disarray.

The establishment’s top-pick, Kevin McCarthy was set to be elected Speaker.

Breitbart quoted Newt Gingrich’s glowing endorsement of Kevin McCarthy in which he publicly said McCarthy was “far and away the best man to be Speaker”:

“He has a proven record as a leader in California as a leader in the House. He’s been a solid conservative. I think Paul Ryan’s article endorsing him today says it all. He has a track record of bringing people together. And he can actually take on the president. He’s helped Ryan pass four balanced budgets in the House, he has helped end earmarks and he has a solid record on the Second Amendment and a solid record on the right to life. I certainly think he is the best person to lead the House after John Boehner.”

But McCarthy realized he couldn’t secure the 218 votes needed to win, so he withdrew from the race.

The Washington Post reports Rep. Peter King said members of Congress were “crying” and had “no idea how this would unfold.”

In fact, as of now, there is yet to be a member of the House who has the 218 votes to become Speaker.

John Boehner has committed to remain Speaker until a new one is elected.

A little known fact is that the next Speaker of the House doesn’t actually have to be a member of Congress…

… enter Newt Gingrich.

Newt Gingrich served as Speaker of the House from 1995-1999, before he stepped down.

The Washington Examiner reported on a recent interview between Newt Gingrich and Sean Hannity.

Sean Hannity asked Gingrich if he would consider being the interim Speaker if nominated, and Gingrich at first chuckled at the idea. The Washington Examiner reports:

“Why are you laughing at my idea?” Hannity told Gingrich. “This is a serious proposal.”

“I’m not laughing at it. I’m saying to you — I’m trying to be totally honest with you,” Gingrich told the host. “If you were to say to me 218 have called you up and given you their pledge, obviously no citizen could ever turn down that kind of challenge. This is why George Washington came out of retirement — because there are moments you can’t avoid.”

Other potential names being floated around to replace Boehner include Congressman Paul Ryan, who has already said he’s not interested but he’s also indicated that he could be persuaded.newt