How Kevin McCarthy lost political fight with arch-enemy Matt Gaetz

Matt Gaetz has for weeks been dangling a threat to oust Kevin McCarthy as Speaker

of the US House of Representatives. It was a fight he picked - and one he won

For the past couple of days, it looked like the sharp-tongued Mr Gaetz - from the other Hollywood

in Florida - had enough votes to get his coup under way.

But at times on Tuesday, it came across as the right-wing rebel versus the rest of his party.

An hour or so before the first vote to ever successfully remove a sitting Speaker

as other members observed recess, Mr Gaetz sat alone in the House chamber, with the occasional Democrat stopping for a chat.