House Majority Leader Vote Liveblogging
Update: It looks like Shadegg, favorite of the conservative punditocracy, is toast.
UPDATE 1:30: RUNOFF!!!
UPDATE 1:31: Top three go to the next ballot. But word is Shadegg withdrew. If Shadegg’s voters go to Boehner en bloc, get ready for Majority Leader Boehner.
Certainly, that would be my strong choice at this point. Such an alliance makes sense, since Blunt is the status quo candidate.
Update 2: AP’s David Espo confirms: Blunt, Boehner in Majority Leader Runoff
Update 3: Chapman:
UPDATE 1:47: Blunt vs. Boehner balloting closed. Counting now…
Update 4: “GOP.GOV SAY’S IT’S BOEHNER FOR MAJORITY LEADER” (RedState)
Update 5: Dodd Harris notes below that, “Well, this shows one thing: Conservative bloggers have a lot less influence with our “leaders” than the Lefties do with theirs.” That thought occured to me as well. Still, Blunt–the consensus third choice of conservative bloggers and professional pundits–was defeated. In a party where the guy whose turn it is almost always win, that’s something.