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.