It’s official. The United States House of Representatives has come under new management:
At no surprise, Ohio Representative John Boehner has been nominated the new Speaker of the House. While I disagree with him on most things politically, I have to admire his story. Facing what appeared to be insurmountable odds, Boehner grew up in rural Ohio with 11 siblings in a two-bedroom house with one bathroom. Now – as a 10 term representative – he controls one part of the United States Congress and is third in command of this country. A success story if there ever was one.
As Boehner grapsed the gavel, he accepted the charge people gave him and Republicans last November when they spearheaded a dramatic shift in House control for the 112th session of Congress. With a slew of tea party-backed lawmakers taking office in both houses – candidates ostensibly committed to the reduction of our deficit – he and the rest of the 112th have their work cut out for them.
Truth be told, this wasn’t the script I had in mind. And I’m certainly not convinced that the 112th Congress (New Tea Partiers, especially) are steering the country toward a path to change. But the will of ‘the people’ prevailed. I can live with that for now. So let’s sit back and see what happens for the next two years.