Just like a high school student body election, the keys to winning the GOP leadership race were making friends, starting early and giving out free food. Thursday was one of those rare days when the life of Capitol Hill resembles one of the less exciting episodes of House of Cards. After Reps. Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise won their races for House Majority Leader and Majority Whip, respectively, journalists tried to figure out just how they did it. Here's what they came up with:
A few leadership hopefuls delayed the start of their campaigns out of deference to Cantor. Those people lost. According to Politico, Scalise respected Cantor, but that didn't stop him from calling people the night he lost his re-election primary. Meanwhile Rep. Raúl Labrador, the only person who stayed in the race against McCarthy, didn't enter the race until Friday, when everyone had already gone home for the week.
Have a theme song
Nothing seems more obnoxious than a grown man blasting "Eye of the Tiger," but that's what Scalise did before heading in to the vote, according to The Washington Post. People still voted for him.
Give out free food
Members of Congress make over $170,000 a year, but are somehow still enticed by the idea of free food. The quality of the free food may matter. For example, Rep. Peter Roskam gave out burgers in his office to people who supported him. Scalise, on the other hand, took 40 allies to an upscale Louisiana Creole restaurant in Washington. "Even in a powerful institution like the House, the strength of a candidacy is measured by its free food," wrote The Post. "And Scalise’s food was solid."