Wonder what you would find if you frisked the United States House of Representatives today?
Answer: A new Speaker of the House!
Rep. John Boehner, who came to Congress as a conservative reformer two decades ago and grinded his way up the ranks of the Republican Party, was elected the 61st speaker of the House, becoming the first Ohio Republican to hold the post in nearly 80 years.
The vote was 241-173, but the roll call tally was merely a formality to mark a remarkable political comeback for Boehner, who was ousted from Republican leadership a dozen years ago only to work his way up to the most powerful position in the House under the new GOP majority. As he walked up the center aisle of the House chamber to receive the gavel from former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Boehner — well known for being emotional — teared up and wiped his eyes.
Once Boehner reached the podium, he seemed controlled and at ease as he accepted the over-sized gavel from Pelosi. After acknowledging his wife, two daughters and other family members sitting in the gallery, he emphasized changes that he plans for the House—including a stringent new rules package that the new Republican majority was expected to approve this afternoon and more open procedures.
Of course, Speaker Boehner turned on the water works, but his emotions are like the “10 minute” mushy scene in a wild, action movie. In a couple weeks, it will be time to grab the popcorn, because the epic battle scene between two sworn enemies (Republican vs. Democrat) will begin.
Overall, it is a great day to be a Republican! I could watch this video a thousand times and still enjoy it: