Skaff issued a release saying he and White had partnered "to form a united leadership team aimed at moving West Virginia forward."
Miley, meanwhile, appeared torn between wanting to be the House leader and running next year for the 12th Senatorial District seat now held by his political rival, Sam Cann. Miley wants to keep good relations with Boggs, who is from Braxton County, a key county in the 12th.
But Miley has now decided to go all in on the speaker's race, and he believes it's a two-man contest between himself and White. Boggs, Caputo and Perdue are siding with Miley.
The delegates have also been factoring in an ongoing federal investigation into possible political corruption in Mingo County, White's home county.
White has not been implicated in any way and the investigation may not turn up anything, but if it does, it will be fodder for Republicans.
Then there is an important philosophical aspect. If there's one thing most of the players agree on, it's that the leadership team wants to find balance - a team that doesn't tilt too much to the left or right.
There is also a major change vs. status quo issue. White and Skaff are more inclined to shake things up, while Miley, Boggs and Caputo are more inclined toward stability.
But no matter how many ways the numbers are calculated, there's no way to accommodate everyone. Either a couple of the players need to step aside or be shoved aside.
That's just the math.
Kercheval is host of TalkLine, broadcast by the MetroNews Statewide Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The show can be heard locally on WCHS 580 AM.