Column: Speaker Boehner losing his party’s confidence

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, seems to be making noises that he is ready to finally become his own man. But they may be just that … noises.

The question around here is whether he will take on the hard-right conservatives in his own Republican majority on a key issue with midterm elections looming or is just paying lip service to independence, whether he is willing to hit a line drive or just a bunt in favor of some sort of immigration reform.

He certainly got the GOP old guard and media juices flowing with remarks in his Ohio homeland mocking the radicals in his caucus who have been thwarting any attempt to come to an overdue solution to the nation’s growing problems over citizenship.

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