House gavels. Speaker election. Boehner re-elected w/ Bachmann casting the 218th vote
update: Boehner wins re-election as Speaker. With Michele Bachmann’s voting for him, much to my dismay and sadness.
Unless this vote was a face-saving deal — and Boehner declines or resigns — today, the Republican Party officially died. Or rather, killed themselves out of cowardice. And no, I don’t care how many concessions Boehner supposedly made to conservatives in private. It’s about the optics. And the GOP once again said that the status quo is good enough.
Note the date. If only for the trivia value.