Readers here know well the battle within the GOP outlined by Republican Insider that led to a direct challenge to Speaker John Boehner by a group of dissatisfied conservative lawmakers. Details of that battle were recently published by Roll Call and give strong confirmation of earlier details by R.I.
EXCERPT (via Roll Call)
Boehner Coup Attempt Larger Than First Thought
A concerted effort to unseat Speaker John A. Boehner was under way the day of his re-election to the position, but participants called it off 30 minutes before the House floor vote, CQ Roll Call has learned.
A group of disaffected conservatives had agreed to vote against the Ohio lawmaker if they could get at least 25 members to join the effort. But one member, whose identity could not be verified, rescinded his or her participation the morning of the vote, leaving the group one person short of its self-imposed 25-member threshold. Only 17 votes against Boehner were required to force a second ballot, but the group wanted to have insurance.
…One member who participated in the effort described it as the work of small groups of Republican lawmakers who concluded independently that new leadership was needed in the speaker’s office. After learning of their agreement on the subject through discussions on the House floor during the week or two before Thursday’s vote, they decided to band together in an attempt to assemble a group of 25 members committed to opposing Boehner. LINK
Having come so close to losing his position as Speaker, and deflecting that challenge in great part by promising to fight much harder against Barack Obama and the Democrats over the approaching debt ceiling debate, John Boehner must now decide if he is indeed a conservative leader, or simply another “get along” politician. Many have already made up their minds regarding that contrast – but Boehner now has the opportunity to either change some minds in that regard, or further prove the reasons for his already lessening support.