The election of this term's speaker should occur this week (tomorrow if schedule holds), and it looks like Boehner will hold the job. Also given Republican re-districting (some say gerrymandering) is is quite likely the GOP will retain control of the House in the Mid Terms... at the least the Dems should assume a tough battle.
Problem is that it is increasingly obvious that Speaker Boehner does not control his flock. A mere 84 of his GOP cohort voted with him on the temporary fiscal cliff compromise - his Deputy and 150 others to the right voted no.
In a sign today how weak he is, Chris Christie - who is to the left of Boehner and should be with him, excoriated Boehner over a new issue (Sandy relief) and questioned his sincerity/leadership:
Chris Christie and Republicans rage against John Boehner over Hurricane Sandy relief - Telegraph
So can Boehner lead his people anymore - and what implications has this for the governance of the US ?"There's only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these innocent victims: the House majority and their speaker, John Boehner," Mr Christie said in a broadside against the "disappointing and disgusting" actions of his own party.
The governor said Mr Boehner had failed to return four phone calls and that he had "no reason" to believe any future promises from the Republican leader in Congress.