Boehner Retains House Speaker Position

To the surprise only of those far-right pundits and Tea Party types whose quest for ideological purity consistently undermines their ability to think rationally, John Boehner was elected for a third term as speaker of the house. Best part: Louis Gohmert got a whopping three votes, presumably including his own.

Rep. John Boehner on Tuesday beat back a conservative rebellion and won a third and possibly final term as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

In a public roll call, 25 House Republicans defected from Boehner, more than double the 12 who launched a failed coup attempt against him exactly two years ago.

The anti-Boehner crowd’s message was simple: Don’t expect any cooperation in the 114th Congress — even with Republicans in charge of the Senate and holding the biggest majority in the House since the Harry Truman administration.

“The American people are very upset by this leadership. I mean, I have not had this many phone calls since the shutdown of the government. It’s just unbelievable,” said Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), who voted for Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) and was one of the architects of the “fire Boehner” campaign.

“The 25 of us who voted the way that we did represented the frustration of the American people,” he added. “I’m surprised we didn’t get 30, to be honest with you.”

Of course you are. My question is this: Why the hell would Boehner want the job? He has little control over his own caucus. The far right, Tea Party types are in perpetual revolt against him because he’s foolish enough to believe that governing requires compromise, which they view as treason. You couldn’t pay me enough to do that job. And I’m having a good laugh over Glenn Beck and the Worldnetdaily folks who railed about how only Gohmert as speaker could save America only to watch him get a whopping two votes from his colleagues. Hilarious.

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  • Reginald Selkirk

    “I’m surprised we didn’t get 30, to be honest with you.”

    Thus displaying his lack of fitness for the job. Congressional leaders should know precisely how many votes they can deliver.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    “The American people are very upset by this leadership. I mean, I have not had this many phone calls since the shutdown of the government.”

    Wait, is he talking about Boehner or himself?

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    The far right, Tea Party types are in perpetual revolt against him because he’s foolish enough to believe that governing requires compromise, which they view as treason.

    If Boehner is the adult in the room, have words lost all meaning?

  • cjcolucci

    Modusoperandi:

    Yes.

  • eamick

    For the curious, the results. Besides having more than two nominations from the floor, which simply isn’t done, there were more people voted for this time than last. Colin Powell’s support among the members of the House remains intact. They even voted for a couple of senators this time, showing the Republicans’ dedication to sensible governance.

  • Doug Little

    Best part: Louis Gohmert got a whopping three votes, presumably including his own.

    I think you give him too much credit.

  • http://cycleninja.blogspot.com cycleninja

    Gohmert would vote for himself because he’s too shameless to do the proper thing and abstain.

  • blf

    Gohmert would try to vote for himself, multiple times, but he’s so stoooopid even a single vote from him for himself has a probability of exactly zero. In this case, he voted for two (different) wastepaper baskets, The Iliad, an unspecified abandoned termite nest in the African savanna, Uranus, Arabic as a second language, and the espresso machine on the ISS. Plus many more votes, all discarded for various reasons, such as being silly.

  • gshelley

    Apparently, he did manage to vote for himself along with Bridenstein and Weber (Tx)

  • gshelley

    Bridenstine doesn’t seem to have made much of a name for himself, just the occasional crazy thing, certainly not on Gohmert’s level

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/search/node/Bridenstine%20type:blog

  • Crimson Clupeidae

    Alternate title: House gets another Boner.

  • gerryl

    I heard OR Dem Rep DeFazio on the radio this AM. He was as surprised as anyone that his name was put forward. Apparently he got his single vote from a colleague who wanted to make a statement about the importance of funding transportation infrastructure.

  • dingojack

    Does only the majority party vote for the position of Speaker?

    Dingo

  • eamick

    Does only the majority party vote for the position of Speaker?

    No, everybody votes, but it would take much more time than I feel like spending to see if anyone other than a member of the majority party has ever been elected Speaker—maybe in years when the majority was extremely small, but I don’t know for sure. Given the power to set the floor agenda that the job includes, it would be a real surprise if it has ever happened.

  • weatherwax

    #14 eamick:

    A similar question was asked on the page of a political historian, Bruce Carlson, and he posted a couple answers.

    “If you go way back – the 1855 Congress after the 1854 elections had a prolbem (sic) picking one between the new Republicans, various Democrats and Know Nothings, etc.”

    and “In modern times, I’m not thinking of any examples. But remember, the Democrats had the Congress for 40 years 54 to 94, and had a nice system of North and South rotation on speakers. There’s a partisan tinge (sic) to Speaker votes It would be great ‘disgrace’ for a group of people to work with the other party on a Speaker vote. I don’t think Dems do it just to get Boehner, because (sic) it means you have to accept a whole bunch of other things. Boehner in a very weak speaker spot would need to KEEP getting Dem votes.”