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  •  So, does the speaker require a majority vote (0+ / 0-)

    or just a plurality?

    If the 235 republicans split their vote, leaving Boehner with less than 200 votes, some other Republican asshole with a few, and a united Democratic caucus gives Nancy Pelosi 200 votes, does she become speaker? Or does someone need a majority - 218 votes?

    "How come when it’s us, it’s an abortion, and when it’s a chicken, it’s an omelette?" - George Carlin

    by yg17 on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 10:15:15 AM PST

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      The House votes however many times it needs to elect someone as Speaker. Until it does the House cannot be organised and proceed to other business.

      As I have pointed out on another thread, in 1859 it took 44 ballots between December 5th, 1859 and February 1st, 1860 to elect a freshman Republican from New Jersey as Speaker. To put it mildly, this was not the outcome anyone predicted at the start of the process.

      It might be awkward if a prolonged deadlock delayed the joint session to formally count the electoral votes for President and Vice President.

      Senator Leahy might have to become Acting President on January 20th, until the House got its act together. The Speaker then elected, could then take over as Acting President until the House could elect a new Speaker and the joint session could finally take place and re-elect President Obama. Likely? Not at all, but the scenario does seem to conform to the small print in the United States constitution and laws.

      On the whole it might be better if the House elects its Speaker quickly, when the 113th Congress assembles.

      There is no man alive who is sufficiently good to rule the life of the man next door to him. Sir Rhys Hopkin Morris, M.P.

      by Gary J on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 01:53:26 PM PST

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