Bless their hearts.
For example, Speaker Boehner did his level best to get a decent deal from President Obama and the Senate Democrats concerning the fiscal cliff melodrama. Being as Republicans only control the House and not the Senate or White House, there will be no such thing as a "good" deal for Republicans (or Americans in general) for the next four years. We are in for four more of the same. The American voter decided that the status quo was good enough and returned Democrats to greater power. Not only did Obama win re-election handily but the Democrats retained the Senate with increased seats and gained seats in the House, too. In a year when it should have been an easy Republican sweep, we blew it big time.
Criticize Speaker Boehner all you want for not performing a miracle but the man can't do it alone. He tried to get Plan A through but didn't have amendments offered. Boehner came up with Plan B, That would have at least kept the income tax increase at the one million dollar mark and not at the now $400,000 mark which he thought would probably pass in the Senate but he still didn't have the votes in the House.
The cats simply didn't herd.
Rumors were all over social media of enough Republicans willing to vote against Boehner for Speaker. No big replacement was offered, mind you, just ousting Boehner.
Turns out that nine Republicans did, in fact, vote against him.
Boehner won a bare majority in a vote that saw nine Republicans vote for other GOP members, and several others who abstained from voting or voted "present." Two years ago, Boehner won all 241 available GOP votes.
Defectors from Boehner included Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), who voted for Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho). Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) and two freshmen, Reps. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) and Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), all voted for Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), but Cantor himself voted for Boehner.
Reps. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) and Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) voted for outgoing member Allen West (R-Fla.). Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) voted for former Comptroller General David Walker. Speakers of the House do not have to be members of the House, although historically they all have been.
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) voted for Amash, and Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) voted for Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).
Pelosi, who had already been elected minority leader, won all but a handful of Democratic votes on the floor. Two years ago, 19 Democrats voted for other Democrats.
Yeah. That is some real smart maneuvering. Please note that Eric Cantor voted for John Boehner. And, Allen West is no longer a member of the House. Also, Pelosi lost more support from Democrats in her vote two years ago than Boehner lost this time. Good luck with that power of reasoning.