WASHINGTON - Today, House Republicans replaced disgraced Majority Leader Tom Delay with Rep. John Boehner.
"It was a close vote, but we were finally able to ram Boehner through," said one unnamed Capitol Hill staffer. On Boehner's stiff competition, Rep. Roy Blunt, the staffer remarked "Yeah, we really smoked Blunt."
Many other Republicans expressed joy that the House caucus would be led by Boehner, with his inclusive, conciliatory style. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner said that "He's the conservatives' Boehner. He's the moderates' Boehner. He's everybody's Boehner."
Others weren't so pleased. One Congressman complained that "Boehner is hard...to work with." Others have had complaints that Boehner was easily manipulated.
But after all was said and done, even Democrats were welcoming. Rep. Barney Frank was lauditory: "I love Boehner, and I look forward to getting down to business with Boehner very soon."
However, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was not so enthusiastic, stating flatly, "I have no use for Boehner."