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  •  Yes, but what is the incompetency in this case? (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, nellgwen

    Is it not being able to control the Tea Party? Well, I don't think they can be controlled at this time. They are a loosely aligned group of zealots with no clear leader, and they are still high off their electoral successes. Allowing them to run head first into the wall might be the only way to gain some control over them. If they won't listen to their corporate masters in the Republican leadership, then their stock must be diminished.  As for avoiding the fall out, you could say Boehner is particularly inept.

    Or, is it those verbal boners that Boehner keeps spewing that is weakening his party's case in the court of public opinion? Could that be part of his grand master plan to subjugate the Tea Party back under GOP leadership? Personally, I don't think he's that smart or quite as deft a politician as that requires.

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