Speaker of the House results:
Others: 24 (I think 7 were Dem’s not voting for Pelosi)
If I got the tally right, 29 GOP members voted for someone other than Boehner. Around 3-6 of the votes seemed grounded in a personal problem with Boehner. But, around 25 voted out of conviction and I think that took courage.
If their conviction was grounded in an idea the Republic is served by pushing issues that will go nowhere and will make people in the middle to doubt Republicans are fit to serve, I disagree. This fiasco of government policy wasn’t built in a day and I don’t believe it will torn down in a day. This will take hard work and not every battle is equal to other battles. I deeply and sincerely believe prudence and diligent focus on the long-run and big issues will serve America best and not less significant or short-term gains.
But, for many of them who didn’t vote for Boehner, I see a sincere expression wanting to have this majority mean something for the good of the Republic. This includes passing the most conservative legislation that will be RELUCTANTLY accepted by President Obama (moving the ball forward). None of us will get everything we want. But, hopefully, we can see steady progress toward a government that serves our interests vs. one that expects us to serve the government.
And yes, it will sometimes mean passing legislation that will be vetoed but will compare and contrast the differences between the two parties. We have a Presidential election in 2016 and a full and open debate of these differences is necessary for a successful Republic.
And, personally, I’m glad this will include Keystone, first hopefully a repeal and then incremental changes in Obamacare, and real reforms in government and spending.