Speaker of the House John Boehner —- He-Of-The-Patriotic-Tear-Ducts —- was once a big hero among everybody’s favorite irate slice of the electorate, the Tea Party. Thanks to their TV-ready sideshow of bombastic Ayn Randyism, pseudo-grassroots and excuse-me-I’ve-actually-read-the-Constitution claims, the group was one of the smaller seismic shifts on the landscape that allowed Boehner to ride into Washington last year with a mandate for cha . . . er . . . mandate for . . . for . . . well, he rode into Washington with a gaggle of red congressmen ready to screw with the Democrats at every turn.
But Ohio’s lachrymose monument to America’s growing pains might be losing his footing with that fickle base. According to the Atlantic (liberal rag), with further reporting from Reuters (socialist sympathizers), Boehner had a sit down in late April with a bunch of Ohio Tea Partiers. It didn’t go well.