House Republicans prepare to pick their new speaker

U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC) (L) and Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) (R) arrive for a Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 9, 2015.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTS3QKG

Well, isn’t this sweet?

Washington (CNN) Rep. Trey Gowdy, a favorite of House conservatives, will nominate Paul Ryan to be the next speaker, a source close to the Wisconsin Republican told CNN Tuesday night.

Maybe that’s Gowdy’s consolation prize for having pretty much no one take him seriously as a potential speaker candidate. Or for having been so deeply, deeply embarrassed by Hillary Clinton his 11-hour debacle of a Benghazi hearing.
The vote is scheduled for 1:30 PM ET Wednesday, which is notable for the simple reason that it’s being held before any of the votes on the big budget deal which Ryan insists he had nothing to do with and hates, even though he is going to vote for it.

10:46 AM PT: They’re nearly as slow as the Senate. They are still filing into the conference room.

10:54 AM PT: Finally.

11:11 AM PT: Twitter says that the nominating is done and the voting has started.

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