It’s official: Speaker Boehner, Weaker Pelosi; Update: Boehner cries, Pelosi lies; Pelosi’s bitter, clinging send-off
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If you missed C-SPAN the past half hour, you missed some high drama and comedy.
As expected, of course, GOP House Leader John Boehner is now Speaker Boehner with 241 votes.
Outgoing Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is now Weaker Pelosi, with 173 votes in her favor — and 19 notable protest votes against her by fellow Democrats.
There were so many different alternatives, the race started looking like an Alaska Senate primary.
Democrat Heath Shuler took 11 votes.
Democrat John Lewis scored 2.
Most creative smack in Pelosi’s face: Dem. Jim Costa of CA voted for Dem. Dennis Cardoza of CA and vice versa.
Most devastating: Dem. Rep. Kurt Schrader voted for Steny Hoyer, who was seated next to a stunned Pelosi as the vote was announced.
Democrat Jim Cooper earned 1 vote.
Democrat Marcy Kaptur earned 1 vote.
And one Democrat voted present.
Pelosi did her best to keep her mask from slipping, but the public rebuke — from Democrat who ranged from far Left to centrist — no doubt stings.
Pelosi to-do list today: Bounce the grandkids on the lap for the cameras.
Update 1:50pm Eastern. Boehner takes the podium to speak after shaking hands and….sigh…shedding some tears. Weaker Pelosi welcomes the crowd, families, new members first. She’s not crying.
Boehner cries, Pelosi lies: Singing praises of the Constitution and paying lip service to American exceptionalism.
Emetics of the day.
Pelosi won’t shut up: She’s breaking her arm patting herself on the back as 1st woman speaker, 1st Italian American speaker. Waves around kiddie human shields and cites litany of Nanny State “achievements” to spite GOP. Blathers about “fair prosperity.”
Update 2:00pm Eastern. She’s still going. Bitter clinger, clinging bitterly.
This is why we need someone with steel spine and no mercy.
NO MORE TEARS.
I am not kidding: As she handed it over, Weaker Pelosi just snarked about the size of Speaker Boehner’s gavel.
Boehner responds to Pelosi’s self-aggrandizing snark by reminding audience that “we are dust” and to dust we shall return.
“We gather here today at a time of great challenges. Nearly one in ten of our neighbors are looking for work. Health care costs are still rising for families and small businesses. Our spending has caught up with us, and our debt will soon eclipse the size of our entire economy. Hard work and tough decisions will be required of the 112th Congress. No longer can we fall short. No longer can we kick the can down the road. The people voted to end business as usual, and today we begin carrying out their instructions.”
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“The American people have humbled us. They have refreshed our memories as to just how temporary the privilege to serve is. They have reminded us that everything here is on loan from them. That includes this gavel, which I accept cheerfully and gratefully, knowing I am but its caretaker. After all, this is the people’s House. This is their Congress. It’s about them, not us. What they want is a government that is honest, accountable and responsive to their needs. A government that respects individual liberty, honors our heritage, and bows before the public it serves.”
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“Our aim will be to give government back to the people. In seeking this goal, we will part with some of the rituals that have come to characterize this institution under majorities Republican and Democratic alike. We will dispense with the conventional wisdom that bigger bills are always better; that fast legislating is good legislating; that allowing additional amendments and open debate makes the legislative process ‘less efficient’ than our forefathers intended. These misconceptions have been the basis for the rituals of modern Washington. The American people have not been well served by them.”
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“We will not always get it right. We will not always agree on what is right. A great deal of scar tissue has built up on both sides of the aisle. We cannot ignore that, nor should we. My belief has always been, we can disagree without being disagreeable to each other. That’s why it is critical this institution operate in a manner that permits a free exchange of ideas, and resolves our honest differences through a fair debate and a fair vote. We may have different – sometimes, very different – ideas for how to go about achieving the common good, but it is our shared goal. It is why we serve.”blog comments powered by Disqus
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