Boehner the Pragmatist

Why purging two rebel Republicans from the House Rules Committee was the right thing to do.

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Yesterday's decision by the House leadership to kick two Florida congressmen off the Rules Committee is being called "revenge" and "retribution." After all, Daniel Webster and Richard Nugent were among 25 Republicans who defected from their party and voted for alternatives to John Boehner as House speaker yesterday. Webster put himself forward as one of those alternatives.  

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