He may be a little bruised and battered, but Kevin McCarthy is the Speaker of the House of Representatives. It took 15 tries, but McCarthy was finally able to secure the votes he needed from his fellow Republicans. But his authority is significantly weaker than those who served before him. It was a fight for power not seen since the Civil War. At times it was like juggling cats, and his caucus remains unhappy and unruly. But being Speaker of the House requires leadership. Working to attract enough support to advance his party’s agenda. IT requires a deft touch, like that of his predecessor Nancy Pelosi. She was able to keep members of her party in lockstep to pursue their goals, with great success. Can McCarthy do the same? For the good of the country, let’s hope so. In recent years McCarthy’s party hasn’t been able to accomplish much but to say no. There are many difficult issues facing this country, including the must-pass bill of funding this country and avoiding a government shutdown. Getting that done will require compromise and bipartisanship. But as Congress has shown us repeatedly, it is always easier to lob grenades than to build bridges.