Speaker of the House John Boehner hanged on, barely today - but he's BADLY damaged and would do well to step down. Boehner has lost the confidence of the GOP House majority.
He needs to go.
Defectors from Boehner included Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), who voted for Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho). Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) and two freshmen, Reps. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) and Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), all voted for Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), but Cantor himself voted for Boehner.
Reps. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) and Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) voted for outgoing member Allen West (R-Fla.). Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) voted for former Comptroller General David Walker. Speakers of the House do not have to be members of the House, although historically they all have been.
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) voted for Amash, and Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) voted for Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).
Sorry that Eric Cantor supported Boehner as cantor could have been Boehner's successor. Cantor's vote against Boehner would have likely tipped the scales.
The members of Congress who voted for Boehner better have a damned good explanation why they did this.
Still, the handwriting is on the wall.
Boehner's gotta go!