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How the GOP's Kamikaze Club Hijacked John Boehner

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Right-wing groups, tea party back-benchers, and the Koch network plotted and pushed the House speaker to this breaking point--and he hasn't fought back.

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How did the Republican Party become a kamikaze club guided by a small handful of hostage-taking radicals hell-bent on causing chaos to ruin the presidency of Barack Obama? It wasn't by the design of House Speaker John Boehner and the GOP congressional leadership. This came about because a small number of tea party back-benchers in the House and Senate,assisted by a well-financed network of right-wing organizations (some funded by the billionaire Koch brothers), pushed an issue that was red meat for the GOP's base--defunding Obamacare--and managed to hijack the party (even more than the tea party already had).

Let's look at how the Boehner-led GOPers began this latest round of political battle. 

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