The 112th Congress Convenes, Speaker Boehner Cries

Today is an historic day for America.  The largest freshman class of representatives in more than fifty years was sworn in, marking the end of an error,  Nancy Pelosi’s reign of terror.

Pelosi reluctantly handed over her gavel. Boehner unreluctantly cried. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Here are the details from Fox News:

In an emotionally charged moment, a teary-eyed John Boehner of Ohio, took the gavel from Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday, becoming the 61st House speaker as the 112th Congress convened.

Boehner’s wife was seen wiping back a tear from the balcony of the lower chamber as the new speaker was escorted to the dais, shaking hands with members from both sides of the aisle.

Lawmakers voted for Boehner as House speaker with 241 of 242 Republican votes. However, outgoing Pelosi faced a minor revolt from several of the 193 Democrats now in the minority.

While it’s traditional for the minority to vote its leader as speaker, even on the assumption the leader will lose, Pelosi was not the choice of 19 lawmakers. It was the largest number of defections for any formal candidate for speaker since January 1997 when nine Republicans voted against House Speaker Newt Gingrich. At that time, four voted for another member and five members voted present.

Rep. Heath Shuler of North Carolina, a Blue Dog moderate who has led the charge against Pelosi pulled away most of this votes, including his own as well as those of Reps. Jason Altmire of Pennsylvania, Dan Boren of Oklahoma, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Tim Holden of Pennsylvania, Larry Kissell and Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, Jim Matheson of Utah, Michael Michaud of Maine, Mike Ross of Arkansas, Kurt Schrader of Oregon.

It’s interesting to see many in Pelosi’s party reject her.  Meanwhile Democrats are attacking Republicans for backtracking on their budget cutting promises, even though the Dems are the reason why the budget can’t be cut so quickly.  That’s because technically there is no budget. Because the Democrats couldn’t pass a budget, Congress had to vote on a continuing resolution of fund the government through March. The U.S. federal budget year is from October until the next October.  That means the Republicans will have to wait until the continuing resolution expires before they can make cuts, leaving them with only half of a fiscal year to cut.

Many conservatives like myself are eager to see what the freshman tea-party Republicans do.  Last night, Sean Hannity had on a Frank Luntz-led focus group of Freshman Republicans.  Check it out:

These freshman are the great hope for this country.  We need more people like them to run for office to save America from disaster.

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