Would any readers of Pileus mourn for a second if Speaker Boehner were ousted?
Charles Stewart at MIT notes in USA Today that such an historic ousting is not likely. Here is Stewart: “So what are the chances of a surprise coup Thursday? ‘Zero,’ said Charles Stewart, a political scientist at MIT and expert on political leadership.”
Yet rumors persist that there are 17 Republican votes to be had against the Speaker.
UPDATE: Towards the end of the vote, looks clear that Boehner will be reelected Speaker. So how will the defectors get punished?