Is John Boehner Done For?
Last night's vote was a telling humiliation: opinions
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 21, 2012 12:11 PM CST
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks to reporters about the fiscal cliff negotiations at the Capitol, Dec. 21, 2012.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – John Boehner has never looked weaker than he did last night, when Republicans refused to pass Plan B. It "was hardly the first public humiliation" Boehner's troops have dealt him, writes Steve Kornacki at Salon, but "it raises some very basic questions about the House speaker's political future—like whether he even has one." This is a speaker who doesn't even have the GOP votes to pass his own plan, let alone a compromise Obama would be willing to sign.

If Boehner stays on as speaker, he's going to have to get used to passing things with Democratic votes—but that's a pretty big if. As Ezra Klein at the Washington Post points out, Boehner will need an absolute majority to win the Jan. 3 speaker election, which means that even a no-hope conservative challenger could derail him, clearing the way for, say, a consensus candidate like Eric Cantor to come forward. Kornacki, meanwhile, can imagine Boehner "just walking away, leaving the gavel for some other unfortunate soul." (Kornacki's full piece here; Klein's here.)

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Dec 22, 2012 10:56 PM CST
It seems Boehner is the last to know what everyone with a brain already knows.
Dec 22, 2012 10:33 AM CST
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: We think Obama and Sen. Harry Reid will drive our American economic locomotive all the way down into the Fiscal Cliff, the head will hit into ground first. Obama's VETO and Obama's lame-duck years for last are the same lame-duck.
Dec 22, 2012 5:48 AM CST
We can hope Boner Boy is done for, after all this is America where dreams can come true.