“If 16 House Republicans were to abstain from voting for Speaker, Boehner would only receive 217 votes.”
What about democrats voting to keep the useful idiot in the position?
They would have to clear it with San Fran Nan ahead of time, and she would have to plan and agree to lose the Speaker ship, making the House and Senate a rubber stamp for Obama.
Dictator Obama would then have no need of Nancy.
History doesn't work out so well for unneeded socialists.
I worry the same thing (but it would be a teachable moment).
Mister Boehner is as clueless about the Democrats as he is about economics. (As he is about basic civics.)
And, politically, Mister Boehner is the new Arlen Specter.