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Hard-Line Republicans Want to Change More Than House Speaker

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Representative Marlin Stutzman, a fourth-generation farmer from northeast Indiana, came to Washington on the Tea Party wave of 2010 intent on tackling his constituents’ many demands: cutting federal spending, repealing the estate tax and, as he said in his campaign announcement, standing up for “We the people.” But instead, Mr. Stutzman, 39, and many of his conservative colleagues who eventually pressed for the resignation of Speaker John A. Boehner find themselves serving in a House they describe as of the leadership, by the leadership and for the leadership — where power lies not in big ideas or high-minded debate but in the mighty weight of the speaker’s gavel.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.

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