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The Tea Party aims to take over the House in the wake of Cantor's defeat

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is out, ousted by a Tea Party movement that he helped lead. And now, conservative members of the House reportedly have their sights set on Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), in what could amount to a nascent campaign to install Tea Partiers in the House leadership. From The Washington Post:

[Conservative activist L. Brent] Bozell and others there said they would soon push Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R) to challenge Boehner or run for majority leader, believing that the conservative Texan and chairman of the House Financial Services Committee could use Cantor's defeat to climb the ladder.

"Jeb is a strong candidate, and Boehner has got to be worried that maybe it's time for him to step aside," Bozell said. "We're just stunningly happy and ready to continue this fight and change the rest of the House leadership." [The Washington Post]

Don't call it a revolution just yet. But it looks like the House GOP is about to descend into a messy free-for-all.