The story means to show that Boehner and his neocons are still in control. The story implies that Cantor could have killed the amendment with tricky procedures, that the vote only made it to the floor because Boehner "allowed" it to happen.
The truth is that Boehner has lost all control. The coalition of neo-libs and neo-cons headed by Boehner has had its weakness exposed. They are actually a minority, although some of the "blind" are still following their respective whips. A new bipartisan coalition of non-establishment representatives is just 12 seats from taking back congress. This vote gives us the information we need to target the neo-libs and neo-cons in next years midterm elections.
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