John Boehner renominated for House Speaker; fends off challenge by … Newt?

John Boehner renominated for House Speaker; fends off challenge by … Newt?

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Surprising no one, Rep. Nancy Pelosi this morning announced that she would remain House minority leader. It seems a shake-up has been averted across the aisle as well, as the House Republican Conference this afternoon renominated Rep. John Boehner as House speaker. Boehner was nominated by Rep. Eric Cantor, who also was renominated to the position of House majority leader.

Eric Cantor: “We went through a tough week last week as a party, but clearly the House GOP majority is intact.”

— Rebecca Berg (@rebeccagberg) November 14, 2012

Though Boehner received a standing ovation from his colleagues, his renomination wasn’t without some drama. Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert surprised many by nominating former speaker Newt Gingrich.

Rep Louie Goehmert apparently nominated Newt Gingrich for speaker. It didn’t get a second. Boehner chosen by voice vote.

— Jonathan Weisman (@jonathanweisman) November 14, 2012

Per source in House GOP elex: Rep. Gohmert nominated Newt Gingrich for speaker. “You don’t have to be a Member of the body to be speaker.”

— Rebecca Berg (@rebeccagberg) November 14, 2012

To clarify, the Speaker does not have to be a sitting Congressman so Newt could technically get the job

— Daniel Newhauser (@dnewhauser) November 14, 2012

Republican congressman explains why he nominated Newt Gingrich for speaker dlvr.it/2Tly74 Daily Caller #News

— New Right Media (@NewRightMedia) November 14, 2012

Gohmert later told the Daily Caller, “I just felt like it was time to change business as usual.” That’s not likely, with President Obama, Sen. Harry Reid, Pelosi and now Boehner set to return to their former positions. Many seem to share Gohmert’s desire for a change-up in House leadership, although Paul Ryan seemed to be the favorite choice of those on Twitter. No hard feelings from Boehner, though. Does the man ever harbor hard feelings?

In his acceptance speech, Boehner responds to Rep. Louie Gohmert’s nomination of Newt Gingrich: “Louie, I love you too.”

— Rebecca Berg (@rebeccagberg) November 14, 2012

Per source, Boehner says: “Buckle up, get your chin straps on. We’re going to use our majority to do great things for the American people.”

— Rebecca Berg (@rebeccagberg) November 14, 2012

Chin straps? At least he didn’t say knee pads. The verdict now that Boehner’s job as speaker seems intact?

@cnnpolitics thatsucks!!!!!

— Larry S Saint Cyr (@LarrySaintCyr) November 14, 2012

crapppp!!! RT @ftwes: Dammit. RT @washtimes: Boehner survives ‘challenge’ to speakership: bit.ly/Spgg7w

— Fran (@franmcc14) November 14, 2012

We lose. MT“@cattinks: @speakerboehner survives ‘challenge’ to speakership – Washington Times: wtim.es/UDYqDC

— ❀ Jackie ❀ (@00_jackie) November 14, 2012

/r/Conservative [removed] Really GOP? Boehner again? Do you crave irrelevance? bit.ly/RUBayv

— FREEDOM ☺/ FTW (@freedomforthwin) November 14, 2012

@politicalticker That’s a bummer! Oh well! I guess he’s not gonna get a set of balls now!Boehner get ready to kiss all the asses!

— William Lignos (@WilliamLignos) November 14, 2012

Here’s a bipartisan outlook.

@slone Boehner & Pelosi re-elected.Both losers.Screwed up country we live in

— Ladyhawkke (@Ladyhawkke1) November 14, 2012

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