Probably not, given the ineptitude of the revolutionaries, but let’s hope so:
House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) is bracing for what could be the toughest weeks of his speakership as several dozen conservatives in his party are threatening to topple him unless he is more ferocious with Democrats during the upcoming fiscal showdowns. That internal Republican feud has increased the chances that Washington, for the second time in two years, could stumble into a shutdown of the federal government.
The speaker’s lieutenants are openly girding for battle with the small but influential bloc of anti-Boehner conservatives, who have signaled that if Boehner cuts any deal that they don’t like with Hill Democrats and President Obama, they could seek to remove him from the speaker’s post. It is a threat that Boehner and his allies are taking seriously.
“The people considering this are being totally irresponsible, but Boehner’s guys, we’re getting ready for whatever may come — not out of fear, but with exasperation about what some Republicans are willing to do to their own party,” said Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.), who is part of the speaker’s circle of unofficial advisers…. “This is a continuation of the strange virus that’s running through the Republican Party, which I define as a weird form of right-wing Marxism where people are using Saul Alinsky-type tactics,” said Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), a Boehner confidant, likening the conservatives to the late radical activist from the 1960s.
Imagine that: using Alinsky’s tactics against the very people they were designed to be used against! But of course, the “rebels” are already backing away from, you know, actually replacing Boehner:
The conservatives say their goal is to influence the policy outcomes of the next few months, rather than force a vote on Boehner. “We don’t have a definite time frame. I’d say the question is still open about whether it will be done,” said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the second-term lawmaker who filed a resolution in July requesting a vote to remove Boehner. “At this point, I’m not aware of any member planning to do it. Our focus is on the legislative side of what we’re facing in the next 30 to 45 days.”
Yeah, right. Let Monty Python have the last word: