"Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) suggested Thursday that she might not support John Boehner (R-Ohio) as the next Speaker." And: "Boehner sought to quell those worries in appearances in conservative media this week. 'This is not a time for compromise, and I can tell you that we will not compromise on our principles,'" he told Sean Hannity.
"The freshman tea party class could number half a dozen, enough to bond with their spiritual godfather, Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., and cause massive headaches for McConnell if he seeks even modest compromises with Democrats," AP reports. "If Republicans take over the House, as many expect, the influx of tea partiers there will make it difficult for GOP leaders to find even the minimal flexibility they will need to reach accords with the White House and Senate. Without that, the party may prove it has muscle but little to show legislatively for a Republican-led House. 'They could be setting Obama up to run against a do-nothing Congress,'" said Alan Abramowitz, a professor at Emory University.
"House Republican leaders don’t plan to eliminate any leadership positions in the next Congress as had been suggested by some in their Conference, Minority Leader John Boehner’s office confirmed on Thursday," Roll Call reports.
Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), who infamously apologized to BP in a hearing this past summer, "is vowing to quickly probe White House environmental policies he calls economically harmful if he becomes chairman of the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee next year. Barton is the panel's senior Republican and a former chair, but Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) is considered the front-runner for the gavel if Republicans reclaim the House," The Hill reports.