Both House Speaker John Boehner and Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are refusing to commit to pushing Paul Ryan’s Medicare “voucher” plan if the GOP wins the White House and control of Congress.*  Boehner said, “I’m sure there will be other ideas about how you save Medicare…”

While some of this is just to avoid scaring people away from Mitt before the election, I think some of it is a recognition that even if they win in November, they have to avoid over-reaching.  Otherwise, they could lose what they won in the Congress — and then some — in 2014.

But if Boehner and McConnell don’t follow the will of the Tea Party wing — those who arrived from the 2010 election and may arrive from 2012 — they could well find themselves replaced as leaders, especially Boehner, who sees the lean and hungry Eric Cantor at his heels every time he turns around.

If cooler heads don’t prevail in Congress, cooler voters will in 2014.

* “GOP leaders are not sold on Ryan’s trumpeted Medicare plan,” Susan Davis, USA Today.

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