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Conservatives Renew Campaign Against Boehner Debt Limit Plan


"The GOP would not fight for smaller government when it was in the majority and now it seems it intends to cave abjectly in the minority hiding behind its minority status instead of fighting," he wrote in response to Wednesday's developments. "If the GOP won't fight in the majority and it won't fight in the minority, what good is it? Even now, guys like Jeff Flake and Mike Pence seem to be going wobbly.... these are the fights that define a conservative's legacy in Congress. The new guys might not realize that. But ultimately, we conservatives remember."

Several Republicans continue to oppose Boehner's plan, and several more remain on the fence. That latter group is getting pulled in every direction.

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Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at