On the Election of weakened John Boehner as Speaker of the House – One-Third of GOP ‘Hanging by a Thread from Bolting’

Reclaim Our Republic

January 6th, 2015 By: Leon H. Wolf (Diary)

House Speaker Boehner Addresses Media After Weekly Conference MeetingYes, it has always been pretty much a fait accompli that Boehner would be elected speaker. And yes, it looks like conservatives were unable to deny Boehner the victory on the first vote, although it was closer than I initially believed. That said, I think that both sides of this debate are wildly overreacting to what happened here. I think the anti-Boehner side is way too angry/disappointed, and the pro-Boehner side is way too smug and condescending to the anti-Boehner side.

The simple fact is that what happened today in the Speaker election is unprecedented in modern politics. Speakers of the House who gain seats do not face defections on this order, or anything even remotely like it. The fact that Boehner had 25 (at least) defections despite the absence of a credible challenger…

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