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Backstage with Boehner

After his speech, a foot away from me, Boehner wiped a stray tear with a handkerchief, then paused. As his staff patted his back, he straightened his jacket and quietly said, “Let’s go upstairs,” where his team was huddled. No cheers, no glad-handing. The whole scene, and the small entourage, was strikingly somber. A minute later, Boehner began to stroll off, in big strides, through the hotel’s cavernous basement, toward an elevator. The work begins.

Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...

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