Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerThe two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery One year later, neither party can get past last year's election White House strikes back at Bushes over legacy MORE (R-Ohio) knew exactly what he was doing as he strode on the House floor to quasi-filibuster the American Clean Energy and Security Act tonight.

When asked beforehand by a fellow Republican what he had in store for his speech, John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerThe two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery One year later, neither party can get past last year's election White House strikes back at Bushes over legacy MORE quipped "just wait and see."

The Leader was seen relaxing and centering himself with a cigarette in the Republican cloakroom minutes before his epic floor speech.

Boehner controlled the microphone on the House floor for one hour as he read the 309 page leadership amendment.

--Michael M. Gleeson