I just realized what Boehner is doing..Submitted by wicked93gs on Wed, 12/19/2012 - 09:15
It just occured to me what the whole conservative "purge" was all about.
Amash and the others were purged because they didn't vote the way leadership wanted them to right? However, I don't believe the purge was in response to past votes...it was to make an example of them to other conservatives for the upcoming vote on fiscal cliff issues.
You see all these articles on how Boehner and Obama are going back and forth on various compromises that alway include raising taxes. So how is Boehner going to get conservatives to support raising taxes? He makes an example of those who vote against leadership by purging them from committees.
So it seems to me as if this is all a buildup to force other Republicans and conservatives to vote for something they would never vote for otherwise. Especially since the death of the whole earmark thing, the leadership is finding it harder to keep the rank and file in line.