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July 29, 2011
4) A Republican Senate contender in Maryland? Del. Patrick McDonough said he would take a serious look at making a Senate bid or run for the House in the 2nd District, with the determining factor being redistricting, the Baltimore Sun reports. 3) Visiting the National Press Club Tuesday, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., said she wants the conversation surrounding her presidential campaign to be on her, not her family. "I'm extremely proud of my husband; I have tremendous respect and admiration for him," she said. "But I am running for the presidency of the United States. My husband is not running for the presidency. Neither are my children, neither is our business, neither [are] our foster children." 2) Will the biggest casualty of the debt ceiling crisis be the fragile alliance between the GOP establishment and its tea party insurgents? Witness the nastiness in Ohio where Boehner, may or may not be pulling strings to have GOP Rep. Jim Jordan redistricted out. Even nastier: the attacks on Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., after McCain delivered a lecture to the Tea Partiers. "It's politicians like him that have gotten us to this point where we have a government we can't afford," declared Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., on CNN. A telling statistic: of the 25 House Republicans against or leaning against the Boehner debt ceiling plan, 12 received endorsements from the anti-tax Club for Growth. Grover Norquist may be known as the conservative movement's enforcer (even though he supports the Boehner plan), but it's the Club that's providing the conservative cavalry. 1) In an acknowledgment that Boehner's debt ceiling proposal did not have the votes to pass, House leaders late Thursday delayed a vote on the measure. National Journal's latest whip count shows 22 GOP Members who have committed to voting no on the Boehner measure, as the speaker can afford to lose no more than 24 Republican votes, if he does not pick up any Democratic support. Next up: House Republicans and Senate Democrats are both set to convene in separate closed-door meetings on this morning at 10 a.m. to discuss the next options. -- Kathy Kiely contributed to this post
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