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Thu Jan 3, 2013, 10:22 AM

Chuck TOAD: BONER "still likely" to be re-elected Speaker (within a few business hours)

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http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/03/16323916-first-thoughts-boehner-boxed-in?lite

First Thoughts: Boehner boxed in
.... ...like never before… But he will still likely win re-election as speaker… ....

By Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Brooke Brower

.... ...Boehner likely will once again win election as speaker. ... ....

*** But he will still likely win re-election as speaker: As noted above, with today’s start of the 113th Congress, the House of Representatives will vote to elect a speaker of the House. While it is likely that John Boehner will be re-elected as speaker, per NBC’s Frank Thorp, we could see the first second ballot for speaker since 1923 if 16 conservatives decide to vote against Boehner. Thorp adds that the 113th Congress will convene for the first time at noon ET, after which the House will vote to elect the speaker. Members will be called by name alphabetically and asked for their vote. This vote is different than typical votes, which are done electronically during a set period of time. The speaker needs a majority of all votes cast to be elected. If all members were to vote, Boehner would need 217 votes, unless there are members who are absent for the vote, or members who vote "present" (for no one). By the way, it seems that the House No. 2 Republican, Eric Cantor, was caught selling out the king in the Sandy mess. Here was Christie at his press conference: “I was called at 11:20 last night by Leader Cantor and told that authority for the vote had been pulled by the speaker.” Just askin’, but when Cantor decided to share with Christie his version of what happened to Sandy relief, did Cantor know Christie would go public? Remember all those stories about Cantor and Boehner becoming closer? Um, yeah… how do you spell a-w-k-w-a-r-d?

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