You’ve probably seen some of the REPUBLICANS IN DISARRAY pieces like this one. They’re interesting and here are the important take-aways: (1) there is real conflict between the teatards and the non-teatards in the House, (2) Boehner is not a strong leader in terms of keeping the the teatards in line, and (3) House leadership doesn’t seem inclined to do anything that crazy.
That means my ideas about impending impeachment and so on are probably all wrong. I’m sure we will see lots of nutty remarks and investigations, but I don’t see Boehner getting behind the scandal-mongering the way Gingrich did, not based on what we’re seeing so far. I also don’t see Republicans staying in line the way they did between 1994 and 2006. There just doesn’t seem to be a counterpart to Gingrich or DeLay, at least not now, and, moreover, Fox/right-wing radio gives the renegades an independent power base that wasn’t available in the same way before.