But this war has been brewing for months. Following the government shutdown, establishment Republicans have made it clear they’re done cowing to tea party groups, and the tension has bubbled up from there. In early November, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell began speaking out against the sort of far-right groups that were targeting him in his tough re-election race for not being conservative enough. They “mislead for profit,” he told the Wall Street Journal.
This week, Boehner took up McConnell’s specter, declaring that the tea party groups are “using our members, and they’re using the American people for their own goals.”
“This is ridiculous,” the Boehner said Wednesday. On Thursday, he slammed the groups—referring to Needham without naming him—for dragging the GOP toward a shutdown during the fall, firing back “are you kidding me?”
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