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  •  I Think They Took It Away From Him. (9+ / 0-)

    "They" meaning their backers. I think Boehner and most of the other Republicans understand that if they oppose the Tea Party on an issue they will have a very well funded tea primary challenger immediately.

    the initiation consists of getting GOP House members to disregard the historic political norm
    This isn't a political phenomenon. The tea party reps didn't do this any more than the tea party voters organized themselves.

    This is the oligarchy operating government directly.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 08:41:00 AM PDT

    •  Boehner is doing exactly what he wants. (3+ / 0-)
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      JamieG from Md, JanL, RUNDOWN

      That doesn't mean he's not motivated by some combinati0on of bribery and blackmail. This Great Orange Peel Satan has been plied with scores of expensive golf outings -- Scotland, Australia, Hawaii and the like. We know what the lobbying herd can do with a materialist legislator.

      Bribery, mostly, comes with promises for the afterlife. The afterlife spent on K Street at a $1,000,000/year base salary.

      Blackmail comes with access to a selection of Miss Texas, Miss Arkansas, Miss Whatever that show up for boat rides down the Potomac and whatever satisfies the idiot legislator. Or teenage boys, as with two recent House leadership GOPers. All filmed, of coure.

      Boehner is not getting ragged by Tea Party idiots. He's doing his core job for his bosses. Exactly as he negotiated it over the years.

      Any and all notions that Republican leaders are independent, morally upright pillars of the community are false -- taken together, a hoax. The whole enterprise is a public relations project for greed, supported by thousands of lies. The GOP is a vast cess pool. Nothing but.

    •  Rank and file do not want to risk future rewards (2+ / 0-)
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      pengiep, ColoTim

      as in corporate reward jobs after congress... lucrative positions  in lobbying, foundations, sinecures in a captive university, corporate spots... banks the list is a long one... and who holds the gate keys and the purse strings? the makers and breakers who either own them or who they owe something back to besides the threat of being primaried... so keep the job they have by heeding the commands or risk losing it and any "career path" as the pets of the Oligarchy after they leave office...

      Once used to the benefits of a wealthy patron... it is hard for these weak willed tools to imagine an alternative where they earn it more honestly instead of being a well paid servant.

      Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

      by IreGyre on Wed Oct 09, 2013 at 06:09:14 AM PDT

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