"He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck,
Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy."
We'd intended to express similar sentiments, but Peggy Fikac beat us to the punch:
Straus foes may have more than one way to count a winRead the whole thing here.
Rep. Scott Turner and his tea party supporters show no sign of backing off their beyond-longshot challenge of House Speaker Joe Straus — maybe because they see more than one way to gauge success.
But even absent a victory, Turner could build his profile for future endeavors.
The groups that support him can use a record vote against Straus backers in the next election. They contend Straus has squelched or moved slowly on some conservative legislation, while his GOP backers point to conservative victories under his tenure.
Straus foes also hope to exert pressure on the speaker to support some of their pet legislation — although the stronger Straus looks, the more problematic that approach may be.
Bottom Line: A recorded vote for Speaker on January 13th will lead to 1 of 3 outcomes: an unexpected (at the moment) win for Scott Turner, changed behavior from Team Straus during the session, or accountability with the voters in March 2016. Any of the three is a win. The only question is how long it takes.