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Reelected Speaker Boehner Gets Emotional

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‘It’s Time We Get A Little Awe-Struck Again’

John Boehner was reelected Speaker of the House without much resistance. Although a faction of conservatives in the House wanted to see him unseated, no one stood up to the plate to take his place.

In a vote that opened the 113th Congress, Boehner received 220 votes, compared to 192 for Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the minority leader. Fourteen members voted for other candidates or present. Boehner needed 218 votes to win reelection.

Defectors from Boehner included Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), who voted for Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho). Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) and two freshmen, Reps. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) and Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), all voted for Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), but Cantor himself voted for Boehner.

I’m one of the few people I know of who doesn’t disparage John Boehner, aka “the Weeper of the House” because of his tendency to get emotional during times of great national import. How do you not appreciate the fact that this man takes none of this for granted -  that the burdens of his office clearly weigh heavily upon his shoulders?

“To our new members and their families”, Boehner said, “let me just say, welcome. I know you’re feeling a bit awestruck at this moment.  History runs through this building, and now you’re among a select few who share in this privilege, and those of you are returning, who have walked these aisles before, maybe it’s time we get a little awestruck, again.”

Boehner went on to talk about upcoming challenges, the most important of which is reducing the debt. He got choked up again as he noted the House’s constitutional duty to represent the people, not self interest or party agendas.

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» 10 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    January 4th, 2013

    Feeling awestruck sure would be preferable to being ridden over roughshod, John.

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  2. Anonymous

    January 4th, 2013

    As in, manhandled

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  3. scr_north

    January 4th, 2013

    Help me out here. What would have happened if say 29 additional GOP members decided to vote for Cantor? Would Pelosi have become the new speaker?

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  4. Cynic

    January 4th, 2013

    When he got reelected, I cried too. It was for entirely different reasons though.

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  5. Unneutral

    January 4th, 2013

    It’s like Gilligan being in charge of a submarine.

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  6. Menderman

    January 4th, 2013

    I didn’t jump to the link, but I assume this is satire?

    I disparage Boehner. Instead of standing up for what he knows is right, he “took” what he could get. Leaders don’t settle. He asked his party to raise taxes and spending, and he got it. I could understand if he got 40 bucks in cuts for every buck in spending, but he actually asked our elected officials to do just the opposite…and add 4 trillion the the National debt.

    He is a leader like a guy running in front of a bullet is a leading the bullet.

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  7. ? everything

    January 4th, 2013

    I’ve been told often times when you suck dick, you could have a tendency to get choked up. Just my politically incorrect 2 cents for what’s its’ worth. I think re-electing him speaker of the house confirms what conservatives are thinking. Is there any representation in Washington watching out for the peoples till? Boner et al are in CONTROL OF ALLOTTING TAX PAYERS MONIES FOR GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS.

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  8. Poonces

    January 4th, 2013

    “Awe struck again”?

    I’d settle for not wanting to scream every day when I hear the latest crap this administration is saying or doing.

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  9. Glenn

    January 5th, 2013

    If we had to deal with Obama, Pelosi, and Reid every day you would cry too !!!

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  10. persecutor

    January 5th, 2013

    He gets rolled and we have to be respectful? No fookin’ way–both he and McConnell got rolled by Rainman. Let’s not minimize the magnitude of what happened.

    Awestruck? Gimmee a break.

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