Politics: Your new Speaker of the House is.... ugh, John Boehner.

Published by: Robert Laurie on Thursday January 3rd, 2013

Robert Laurie

By ROBERT LAURIE - Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

Well, that was unsurprising.  By crossing the 215 vote threshold, John Boehner has, unfortunately, retained his position as Speaker of the House.  This may have less to do with his ability than it does with the fact that no one else wanted the job.  The only other name to get any real traction was Eric Cantor who didn't want the gig, voted for Boehner, and tweeted the following just moments ago:

Your new Speaker of the House is....  ugh, John Boehner.

Conservatives may have wanted new leadership, but it's awfully hard to depose a Speaker when no one steps up to take his place.  It looks like the House Republicans can't even figure out how to stage a proper mutiny.

Only nine Republicans voted for someone other than Boehner.  Their votes went as follows: 3 for Eric Cantor, 2 for Allen West, 1 for Raul Labrador, 1 for Jim Jordan, 1 for Scott Walker, and 1 for Justin Amash.

Hopefully, the reinstated Speaker will do better with the 213th Congress that he did with the 212th.