(The Hill) During election season, one of the most common refrains to bring a reluctant party faithful to the polls is "the most important vote that will be cast is the first one for Speaker."
Nothing has changed.
The Speaker election and indeed all House leadership elections are determinative for the next two years, and cannot easily be undone. So, when Republican members of Congress come back to D.C. next week and are sworn in, they make their first and most important vote.
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Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is a known quantity, and for those newly elected members, the lame-duck session demonstrated what his speakership will be about for the next two years.
The seminal votes on both the rule for the government funding bill known as the "cromnibus" and the final passage of the bill showed the tenuous position the Speaker finds himself in and reveals his decision-making in crisis.