Why has House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, been so unwilling to compromise with President Obama, even when the president has come around to accept -- to take a recent example -- Boehner's call for a $4 trillion package of deficit cuts?
Well, perhaps any agreement with the Democratic president, even what little there has been so far, is too much for Boehner's most conservative constituents. The evidence for that theory arrived Saturday in the form of 26-year-old David Lewis, a Tea Party movement activist who announced on Friday to the Cincinnati Enquirer that he would challenge Boehner for his seat.
The story immediately leaped to national outlets (see Fox News, for instance). But there appears to be more smoke here than fire, and perhaps at most a cautionary reminder to Boehner of the amount of deviation from a orthodoxy that his party's fired-up conservative activists will currently tolerate. (Amount: 0.) For starters, Lewis doesn't even live in Boehner's district, though he has said he'll move there to run.
The Speaker, who didn't talk to the local paper, has seen challenges before. He fended off two primary opponents in his last campaign, the Enquirer notes, by taking 85 percent of the vote.