ABC News' Jonathan Karl ( @jonkarl )
John Boehner is cracking the whip.
“Get your ass in line,” Boehner demanded at a closed-door meeting of the entire House Republican conference this morning. “I can’t do this job unless you are behind me.”
According to Republicans at the meeting, Boehner made an impassioned plea for his debt ceiling plan is the very best that Republicans could hope to achieve even as he acknowledged that it falls short of spending cuts that most of them want.
Boehner’s “ass in line” speech seemed to have an impact. Republicans emerged from the meeting appearing to be more unified. At least a few of them who went into the meeting opposed to Boehner’s plan, including archconservative Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich., came out saying they would support it.
Today’s meeting follows a similar one yesterday where Republican Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) played a clip from the movie “The Town” where Ben Affleck rallies his friends by saying, “We’re going to hurt people” and one of them responds, “Who’s car are we going to take.” In the movie’s next scene they go out in hockey masks and beat people.