Boehner retakes the leadership under fire from his own side

John Boehner was voted in as Speaker of the House of Representatives once again this week. The appointment came amidst much controversy however. While he won the leadership with 216 votes, 25 Republics voted for someone else. This was a considerable coup, the biggest for 150 years, and while it may not have prevented him taking the role, it does speak to the divisions within the Republican Party. In this case, those who voted against him were conservatives who believed that Boehner had not been tough enough with President Obama. This could be used as an example of the role of parties within Congress as well as the divisions within parties.