John Boehner is on a rampage against Republicans who dare defy him. Sounds more like what I'd expect from Nancy Pelosi if not Vladimir Putin.
While most of the retaliation has been in the form of removing uncooperative Republican House members from particular committee assignments or chairmanships or the whip team, the latest rumor is that Boehner is trying to orchestrate the removal of Colorado Representative Ken Buck as president of the House's freshman class.
(Full disclosure: I supported Ken in his run for Congress although I've been critical of him in the past. I think he's one of the good guys even though we disagree from time to time.)
Ken Buck is a former county district attorney and a graduate of Princeton (which I do hold against him a bit).
I do not know whether there is any validity to claims by Boehner's pawns in the freshman classs that Rep. Buck's leadership of the 2014 class has been inadequate.
But the timing of this rumor stinks of retaliation. And Ken Buck thinks so too, saying "I voted against ObamaTrade. Now they're trying to impeach me as class president. Sure smells like retaliation."