Majority Whip Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyTrump can save Republicans and restore sanity to California in 2018 The Hill's 12:30 Report Snow scrambles Senate schedule MORE (R) from California is the frontrunner and the clear establishment choice to replace Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorGOP sees McCarthy moving up — if GOP loses the House Feehery: The governing party 'Release the memo' — let's stop pretending that Democrats are the defenders of the FBI MORE (R) as majority leader, and Illinois's Peter Roskam Peter James RoskamRepublicans open to targeted China tariffs despite steel flap Five races to watch in the Illinois primary Overnight Health Care: Trump proposal could lead 3M people to leave ObamaCare, study finds | Dem pushes DEA for data on opioid distributors | Scott Walker signs bill to stabilize ObamaCare market MORE (R) is reportedly also getting a similar push to ascend to McCarthy's spot as the whip.

California and Illinois contributed 75 of the 270 Electoral votes needed to elect Barack Obama president, and their state governments, which draw congressional district lines, are overwhelmingly controlled by Democratic machines.

Each state is suffering from massive budget crises and they are likely to be first and second in line for federal government bailouts of their rapidly deteriorating pensions systems.

Yet, many House Republicans somehow think it is a good idea to put their collective political fortunes into the hands of members whose very political existence depends upon a politically motivated stroke of a redistricting pen.

Unlike the Newt Gingrich-led Republican revolution in 1995, where Texans Dick Armey and Tom DeLay manned these posts under the Georgian, the not-so-Tea-Party Republican Conference seems to be leaning toward leaders who are dependent upon in-state Democratic regimes. This is hardly the prescription for making the kind of hard budget choices and fighting the battles that will define our nation for the next decade.

Yet, at this writing, no conservative candidate has announced for the majority leader spot, and the alternative for whip, Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseHouse expected to vote on omnibus Thursday afternoon House poised to vote on .3T spending bill Hannity: Mueller can't 'honestly investigate scandals' that Comey, Rosenstein are 'directly involved in' MORE (La.), has proven to be more of a cheerleader for Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew Boehner4 reasons Mike Pompeo will succeed at Foggy Bottom The misunderstood reason Congress can’t get its job done GOP sees McCarthy moving up — if GOP loses the House MORE (Ohio) than a leader for the conservative Republican Study Committee.

And this is one of the true revelations of this once in a lifetime, midterm leadership fight. After all the concerns voiced about the direction that Boehner's team is taking the House, no one is rising up to the challenge now that the opportunity is present.

While leadership elections are very similar to student-body elections in that it is in many cases more about personality and less about philosophy, time is almost up for House conservatives to seize this opportunity to lead our nation, or be rendered obsolete backbenchers and gadflies who can't be taken seriously.

As of this writing, it seems that the latter is more likely than the former, and our nation will suffer as a result.

Manning (@rmanning957) is vice president of public policy and communications for Americans for Limited Government. Contact him at