Not only are House Republicans divided, but its protest wing is divided, too, with two groups working separately on a failed coup against Speaker John Boehner last week. According to Roll Call's Jonathan Strong, the bigger group of plotters used the smaller one to avoid detection without the smaller one's knowledge. Because the little group blabbed to the conservative site Breitbart News all week, "one Republican member who participated in the larger coup attempt said Breitbart’s coverage of the smaller push actually helped keep their effort hidden because it suggested to Boehner and his allies that talk of a coup wasn’t serious," Roll Call reports. That's right: Even Republicans who would oust Boehner for not being conservative enough don't take Breitbart News seriously.
The little coup was led by former Rep. Jeff Landry, who told Breitbart his group had 17 to 20 lawmakers who would vote against Boehner. The big coup, whose leader Roll Call doesn't name, had 25 members, but one person dropped out the day of the vote. The group had imposed a rule on itself that it wouldn't go through with the coup with less than 25 votes, despite needing just 17 to force a second vote. In the end, only nine Republicans voted against Boehner, two abstained from voting, and one voted present.