No wonder President Obama is watching the House GOP caucus so closely and scaling down his personal ambitions for the remainder of his term. If Congress can't get much done now, what's it going to be like now that the Freedom Caucus has a Boehner notch in its political gun belt? It doesn't help that the Republican "outsider" candidates running for president seem to rise in the polls not by advocating reason or temperance but by outrage, anger and flamethrowing. House conservatives may think they're only fulfilling the wishes of the voters, but see how far that gets them if, for whatever reason, the government stops paying its bills and the unemployment rate skyrockets. That's something the outgoing speaker understood. The next speaker still might, but it won't matter if the House ends up politically paralyzed anyway.