How thorough was the electoral trouncing last Tuesday? The muttered support House Speaker John Boehner got from members of his party on a conference call Wednesday might be one of the most accurate barometers. “Most members were just taught a lesson that you’re not going to get everything that you want,” said Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole of the new House GOP effort to line up behind the speaker. “It was that kind of election.” Boehner has long had trouble corralling his party’s fractious House members, but doing so will be crucial if they are to present a significant voting bloc.
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