(HOT AIR) With all zeros showing on the clock, it was 213-213. A total embarrassment for Boehner, who’d spent the past two weeks twisting arms in his own caucus and begging Pelosi to twist arms in hers to get to a bare majority.
In the end, he failed to get a single Democratic vote. But then, magic!
Who was the man who switched from no to yes at the last second, sparing the GOP leadership a crushing defeat? Apparently it was … Kerry Bentivolio, the former reindeer rancher, actor, and conservative from Michigan who got elected to his first term in Congress two years ago after incumbent Thad McCotter failed to get enough signatures to qualify for the ballot and who then lost his own primary earlier this year to an establishment Republican — by more than 30 points. With today’s vote, I guess he figured there’s no sense delaying his return to the private sector by another week or two.
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