Well, hello. Former Speaker of the House John Boehner is now the current Speaker of the House of the 113th legislature of Congress. No one thought he would lack the votes, but the media painted the picture nevertheless.
I never thought he would be ousted.
As it turned out, Boehner got a sum total of 10 votes against him from the TEA Party right. Now I know that the TEA Party right numbers somewhere between 50 and 60, and all they needed was another 6 votes for the House speakership to be a non-starter (really?) but Boehner survived that very low bar.
Telling me that the TEA Party Republicans are not yet ready to muck up the works to the extent of fouling up the process in the House. They could have, if the wanted to. The 10 votes are, I think, a message to the new Speaker.
Republicans are licked, they just don't know it. We are now living in an era of a 3 party system. The sooner the Republicans realize that, the better it will be for them. More importantly, the sooner the Democrats realize that their loyal opposition is hopelessly split, the better it will be for our country.
Thank you TEA Party. You don't know what you do.