Speaking of approval ratings, 41 percent approve of how current House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio is handling his duties. Forty-four percent of people questioned say they disapprove of how Boehner's doing as Speaker, with a relatively high 15 percent sure. Significantly for Boehner, 66 percent of Republicans and 61 percent of Tea Party movement supporters think he is doing a good job as Speaker.
Can we put a rest to this false hope that the Tea Party will turn against Orange Julius and primary him? It's not going to happen, any more than Obama will be primaried. He's not going anywhere. It's well the hell past time for us to stop hoping the Tea Party will self-destruct and take the GOP House with them and more of actually doing something to win back the House.
Yes, it's going to depend on the GOP screwing up badly as they always do. But that can't be the only plank in 2012.