Many of the questions centered on a split within House Republican leadership, and Tuesday afternoon, Majority Leader Eric Cantor said he opposed the Senate deal. It's hard not to see that as undermining Boehner, who was trying to get the deal through the House, though Cantor's spokesman had this to say:
Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) voted in favor of the measure. But Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) voted against the legislation, as did Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (Ill.). House Budget Committee Chairman and 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan voted in favor of the deal.So "standing with" Boehner apparently doesn't mean voting with him on a vote seen as crucial for the future of Boehner's leadership. Boehner might want to remember that next time Cantor is described as standing with him.
But even Cantor's vote against the deal isn't enough for some House Republicans:
Republicans are going into the 113th Congress really unhappy with each other, and with John Boehner's leadership looking as weak as it ever has at just the moment Democrats are picking up seats in both houses of Congress. It's definitely a popcorn-worthy scenario. The trouble with all of this, though, is that even while falling into an orgy of finger-pointing, Republicans are still as good at hurting the country as they are at hurting their own party, and they've got another chance coming up.