No mutiny against John Boehner so far

In some estimations, House Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) decision to allow a vote on the Senate's plan to reopen the government and extend the debt ceiling risked a conservative mutiny -- especially considering the possibility that most House Republicans would oppose it.

But so far, that's hardly the case. And in fact, it's quite the opposite, with leading conservatives downplaying the idea that Boehner's speakership might be in trouble.

Here's a sampling:

* Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) predicted Tuesday that Boehner would be safe: "...I don’t see that happening anytime soon in today’s Congress."

* Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told Elise Foley:  "There's absolutely no talk of anything along those lines."

* Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) said on CNN that Boehner is "100 percent stronger. No one blames him for this. We did not have the votes.”

* Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) told RealClearPolitics: "“I don’t think Speaker Boehner has anything to worry about right now.”

Had Boehner not allowed the shutdown to play out for two weeks and allowed a vote on a "clean" continuing resolution earlier, we might be in a much different situation.

For now, though, it appears Boehner earned goodwill by sticking with the conservative wing's strategy for as long as he did.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.



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