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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

John Boehner

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When House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) backed away from yet another manufactured debt ceiling crisis on Tuesday, he effectively killed what has been the Republican Party’s favorite negotiating tactic throughout the Obama administration. The costly practice of threatening to crash the global economy unless the president relents to the GOP’s ever-changing series of demands will never again be taken seriously in Washington, D.C.

Needless to say, Tea Party Republicans — the majority of whom don’t believe that the debt ceiling ever needs to be raised — are not pleased.

Within minutes of Boehner’s announcement that the House would vote on a “clean” debt ceiling raise, right-wing groups began calling for his head. And although Boehner remains very unlikely to actually lose his job — in addition to the lack of credible challengers to his speakership, starting the 114th Congress with a coup is not exactly how the GOP hopes to start the 2016 primaries — mutual enmity with the Tea Party seems certain to remain a huge thorn in Boehner’s side.

Here are five of the right-wing groups that lashed out at Boehner’s move towards fiscal sanity: