John Boehner has been voted another term as Speaker of the House.
But there's something bigger in play as the back story.
Unlike Cromnibus, which was sprung with surprise and deceit, today's vote for Boehner was made with Republican House members knowing full well their constituents' opposition. There were other alternatives, who were mostly snubbed in the voting process.
Political polling, and constituent communications have made it clear, Boehner's reign as speaker has been a failure, and Obama's progressive agenda has advanced because of Boehner's incompetence and/or complicity.
The GOP is now on record favoring party politics over their constitutional role to represent constituents.
Welcome to the fundamentally transformed United States, a country where even the appearance of representative government is fading.
We're moving in a dangerous direction.
For those with doubts, I suggest reading, or rereading, Patrick Henry's Liberty or Death speech of March 23, 1775.
John F. Kennedy said it well: "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
I'm not sure those now serving in Congress are even smart enough to see the dangerous path they've chosen. For now, they just think they're smarter than the rest of us, and believe their power is entrenched enough to carry their aspirations against the national will.