Republicans at odds with the public

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) recently opined that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) would be unable to keep his job if he compromised with the president and the Democrats on sequestration. The senator knows a great deal more about internal GOP dynamics than I do, but his assessment carries with it a considerable irony — according to Johnson, Boehner only remains Speaker by continuing to make his party increasingly unpopular, ignoring the wishes even of grassroots Republicans. [cont.]

Mark Mellman