Conservatives overplay their hand, unite Republicans around Boehner plan

Yesterday, it seemed as though Speaker John Boehner’s, R-Ohio, debt hike plan was destined for the ash heap of history. Today, it seems that once wary conservatives have rallied around the Speaker. The difference: over-eager lobbying from outside groups pushed some possible converts back into Boehner’s arms. Roll Call reports:

The GOP rank and file tore into Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (Ohio) on Wednesday for his role in coordinated attacks on Republicans who have backed Speaker John Boehner’s (Ohio) debt limit proposal.

The RSC, Heritage Action for America and others have closely coordinated their opposition to Boehner’s debt plan — including circulating a public pressure hit list of Republicans prepared by the RSC.

Significantly, several of the Members on the list are also members of the RSC and were none too pleased that their dues were being used to gin up attacks against them, according to numerous lawmakers and staff.

The list was circulated to Heritage Action and other members of the Cut, Cap and Balance Coalition and Erick Erickson … Reps. Renee Ellmers (N.C.), Bill Flores (Texas) and others who found themselves on the list gave angry speeches about the incident, and at least one lawmaker demanded Jordan fire the junior staffer for sending out the email.

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