The Hill spoke to 20 House Republican lawmakers about the internal conversation. The voices differ over what will come next, with some describing it as a momentary spurt of bad blood and others saying it will be difficult for Cheney, who has been seen as a potential future GOP Speaker, to rise higher in the conference.
“She did irreparable damage to her career in the House by the way she handled that,” one senior Republican source told The Hill. “In all my years in Congress, it was the most intensive since the John Boehner days.”
Others dismissed such arguments.
“A calculated political hit job in one conference meeting does not destroy a person’s career,” Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) said. “What happened in that conference was a representation of the mood of Republican members generally, that there is angst.”