Rep. Roy Blunt's staff may be saying he is staying on as House Republican Whip, but don't place a lot of money on that bet just yet. We're hearing that while Blunt wants to keep his leadership post, and many caucus members are saying the right things just an hour after defeat. But it is far from certain that Blunt is the long-term or even mid-term answer to the Whip post.
One of the reasons Blunt failed to gain traction -- and a point we humbly point out we've been making here for some time -- is that the Whip operation has declined badly over the past 18 months. Just how badly was evident yesterday in the deficit-cutting legislative vote.
We should be clear, we've received no indication from our Boehner sources that there is a move afoot to push Blunt out of his post, nor does Boehner as Majority Leader have the stated ability to push Blunt out. But generally what a Majority Leader wants, a Majority Leader gets.
And what a third party who ensured the election of that Majority Leader wants, that third party usually gets. As Drudge says ... Developing ....
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