Hopefully, more than a little bit.
We sometimes speak of how conservatives need to reclaim the Republican Party. This is the kind of goal-line stand that can help make that sort of thing happen, if the will exists to see it through.
I think Boehner understands that his Speakership is on the line now. The conservative caucus has its heads on the proverbial chopping block here and they won't stand for a cave by leadership now.
I think you’re right. One thing too few FReepers recognize is that you need RINOs. America isn’t conservative through and through, but winning close elections gives you control over the agenda, committees and votes. That’s critical.
Are RINOs going to be switch hitters, yes. That’s the nature of it, but if you plan your legislation wisely you can win over and over again. The Senate is a bit different, because each one is a POTUS-in-waiting, but it was meant to be slow and aristocratic.
The fundamental issue is overreach. The Dems did it with Obamacare. It was a stupid bill that hurt them in the long run. We didn’t get here in one fell swoop. Liberals used incrementalism over a generation.
They’ve lost a ton of advantages - voter fraud, the Internet information highway, and the bad economy. When people are hungry and scared they want to be helped. We’re at an inflection point where that help, if packaged correctly, is via the free market. If we choose our battles wisely and get the economy going again, we can be a majority party for a generation.
The people don’t want a revolution, but incremental conservative change that brings government back into its Constitutional bounds while the economy hums along. Brother, that’s a winner.