It wouldn’t be John Boehner without some tears being shed, and that’s what happened yesterday.
At a meeting of the House Republican freshmen and their leaders on Wednesday, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room — including the speaker’s.
Representative Martha Roby of Alabama had just finished reading an e-mail of support from her one-time Tea Party opponent, recognizing the tough choices that the new Republicans faced in the vote to raise the debt ceiling.
Mr. Boehner, who has become somewhat famous for his occasional display of emotion, joined others in the room by crying a bit during the closed-door session.
“He wasn’t sobbing, but he definitely teared up,” said Michael Steel, the speaker’s spokesman.
U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan’s open defiance of Speaker John Boehner’s efforts to solve the debt-ceiling crisis could cost the Urbana Republican his safe seat in next year’s election.
Two Republican sources deeply involved in configuring new Ohio congressional districts confirmed to The Dispatch today that Jordan’s disloyalty to Boehner has put him in jeopardy of being zeroed out of a district.
“Jim Jordan’s boneheadedness has kind of informed everybody’s thinking,” said one of the sources, both of whom spoke only on condition of anonymity. “The easiest option for everybody has presented itself.”
Jordan’s rural 11-county district, which has a 60 percent Republican voter index, “is easy to cannibalize because it stretches so far,” said the other source.
Everyone in that Republican caucus knows what can happen to them if they don’t show loyalty to the Speaker today. Some of them fear the Tea Party more, but not all. The vote will be close, because it has to be close; Boehner will allow as many conservatives to walk on the vote as possible. In the end, I say it gets done.
The vote is tentatively scheduled for 6pm ET.
…OK, maybe I spoke too soon. The House just “postponed” the vote. More in a minute…
I was willing to give Boehner the benefit of the doubt all day, but wow, postponing the vote. He has no power whatsoever. What a rudderless ship.
…Eric Cantor’s office is now saying that the vote will happen tonight.
…Incidentally, the best vote tally I’ve seen is from Judd Legum, who says that 26 Republicans are on the record against the Boehner plan. Without Dem support, that would be enough to defeat it.