In a sign that conservatives will have no fear of defying him for the next two years, House Speaker Boehner was reelected today, but only as a group of 24 Republicans defected and voted for an assortment of other people, including themselves. Another Republican abstained.
There is speculation that, given the opposition and Boehner’s own ambivalence this year about running for reelection, this may well be Boehner’s last go-round as Speaker.
Here he is in tears, no surprise.
Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was elected Senate majority leader without opposition from within his own ranks.