For his part, Norquist said it’s a difference between strategy and tactics, not world views.
“One should ask any critic of Boehner what resources they have spent attacking Democrats who oppose spending cuts — compared to what they have done/spent to attack Boehner,” Norquist told Roll Call in an email.
But the tensions, perhaps more pronounced than ever, are not likely to cripple the vast conservative operation that has found a powerful voice in the debt negotiations, according to activists on both sides of the debate.
“They will all kiss and make up,” said a former Republican lobbyist and Bush administration appointee. “Though it may not be a big wet kiss, it will be enough for everyone to keep holding hands through the 2012 election.”
James Jones, communications director for DC Vote, tapes a "DC Constituents Service Day" sign on the wall as he stands with other DC residents outside of Rep. Andy Harris's office on Capitol Hill to protest Harris' actions against D.C.'s marijuana laws on Thursday, July 24, 2014. DC Vote encouraged DC residents to bring their complaints about city services to the Maryland congressman.