House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) tried to downplay suggestions that there is discontent inside the Republican Party, telling reporters that he doesn’t think there’s much of a difference between the Tea Party and the “average conservative Republican” in Congress:
“I think the tea party has brought great energy to our political process,” he said in response to a question about Tuesday’s primaries, adding that he expects many Republican candidates will continue to adopt the tea party mantle in the future. But he disputed suggestions of a rift between traditional Republicans and upstart tea party-backed candidates.
“There’s not that big a difference between what you call the tea party and your average conservative Republican,” he said. “We’re against Obamacare, we think taxes are too high, we think government is too big. I wouldn’t continue to sing that same song.”
What’s this “we” stuff? This is the same John Boehner who derided and mocked conservative and Tea Party groups that opposed the Republican surrender on the sequester and his leadership team threatened principled conservatives who planned to vote against last year’s budget deal that authorized more deficit spending.