Preset Plan

The night before the leadership vote, Shadegg convened a meeting of his committed supporters.

"The consensus was that if Shadegg couldn’t make it into the final round, they would be for Boehner," a Republican aide told Human Events’ Gizzi.

Rep. Walter Jones (R.-N.C.), who attended the meeting, told Gizzi the next morning: "If John Shadegg is eliminated on the first ballot, I’ll vote for John Boehner on the second. Roy Blunt’s a fine fellow, but this is a different kind of year and we need a different leader without so much connection to K Street."

K Street, of course, is the Washington, D.C., address of many high-powered lobbying firms.