Republican Civil War Could Have Lasting Ramifications

Jul 29, 2011 8:54am

ABC News' Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) reports:

One top Republican says House Speaker John Boehner now has the votes; others are far less sure. We'll find out after the closed House GOP conference meeting at 10 a.m., but whether Boehner wins or loses, there will be lasting political fallout from this Republican civil war.

GOP leadership is especially infuriated with Boehner's fellow Ohio Republican Jim Jordan and,sources say they are maneuvering to get him ousted as the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, the most influential group of House conservatives.  GOP leaders knew they wouldn't get his vote, but I have personally witnessed Jordan grabbing members immediately after they come out of Boehner's office, essentially conducting his own counter-whip operation. Many of those refusing to vote yes are telling Boehner that they fear facing a Tea Party primary challenge, a fear GOP leaders say Jordan is stoking.

House Republican leaders are also blaming their predicament on South Carolina Senators Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham, both of whom have come out against the Boehner bill.  Their public opposition is making it extremely difficult to convince House Republicans from South Carolina to vote for the Boehner bill.

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