Sean Sullivan writes:
With the GOP Conference split into factions, key fiscal deadlines looming, and no obvious long-term remedies for the deep divisions, the question is this: How long will leadership continue down the path it is on, trying time and again to walk the fine line between satisfying the political right and coming up with legislation that can pass Congress?
The answer is probably the foreseeable future, because the alternatives look even worse for Boehner. Sure, he could bow to conservative demands. But that could mean a government shutdown with his stamp of approval, and potentially big-time political damage done to a GOP trying to mend itself after a disappointing election.