So there sat the Republican Speaker of the House on 60 Minutes, and the conversation with Scott Pelley went like this:
PELLEY: Mr. Speaker, can you bring the Tea Party in line? There are Tea Party groups that hold fundraisers under the heading of, “Let’s fire the Speaker.” They don’t think you’re very conservative.
BOEHNER: Well my voting record is as conservative as anybody here. The issue with the Tea Party isn’t one of— strategy. It’s not one of different vision. It’s— it’s a disagreement over tactics, from time to time. Frankly, a lot is being driven by national groups here in Washington who have raised money and just beating the dickens out of me.
PELLEY: Conservative groups, raising money, beating the dickens out of you.
BOEHNER: It works. They raise money, put it in their pocket, and pay themselves big salaries.
PELLEY: How many Republican parties are there?