The Right tries to block Boehner then tries to humiliate him and ends up going along to get along.
Still the bottom line is they do not like him and will not help.
He won with 220 votes when 218 was needed. Two votes over the top.
13 in his caucus either did not vote or voted for someone else. That is extremely rare. If Boehner had not won the vote during the first ballot, a second ballot would have taken place- and there hasn’t been a second ballot for Speaker since 1923!
However, it is pretty clear, bunch of folks wanted that 2nd ballot. For a few moments, it seemed as if voting would require a second ballot. Boehner was two votes shy of 218. But per the chair’s instruction, the members abstaining were given a second opportunity to vote and those who had voted could change their votes. Four Republicans did one or the other, bringing Beohner’s total vote count to 220. Here are three very significant ones. After symbolically abstaining from voting in the initial call, Tea Party Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) changed their votes to “Boehner.”
All of this was the result of an intense “Fire Boehner” Campaign reported by conservatives across the country and then reported (and promoted) by Breitbart News and the Drudge Report (with Fox playing the role of “just reporting”). Conservativs claimed their polling showed that 85 percent of the respondents wanted Boehner out. Leading conservatives led by Ron Meyer and Celia Bigelow were actively campaigning for Cantor to throw his hat in the ring.
But what became clear was that there was no one willing to take Boehner’s place. Cantor loves being able to nip at Obama and Boehner from his seat as House Majority Leader and Ryan has national leadership ambitions. So, the conservative aim became to embarrass Boehner before he was reappointed.
But Boehner and/or his allies had foreseen the possibility and used a Parliamentary ruling that would allow voting to go on as long as necessary until 218 was hit. With the game fixed, GOP conservatives, unwilling to have the party (i.e. The Tea Party) further humiliated produced the votes need (and a bit more).
What a proud moment for the Weeper of the House. Yes? No?
Come on, elected by a bare majority because no one else wanted the job and they still had to fix the game.