Gender politics hound GOP in Cheney drama

House Republicans have a gender problem, and it is increasingly an issue as the drama around Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) engulfs the conference.

Republicans are actively plotting Cheney’s ouster as chairwoman of the House Republican Conference over her repeated criticisms of former President Trump, but doing so would remove the only woman on Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) leadership team.

It’s an awkward reality for a party vying to win back female suburban voters in next year’s midterm elections, at a time when there are less than three-dozen women in the 212-strong GOP conference.