... and the only ones he has were never his friends to begin with.
Instead he has something of a whittling speakership going. Byron York reports that today he's likely to announce Plan, uh, are we up to Q?, or maybe Y?, which entails passing a clean, short-term debt ceiling lift while maintaining a shutdown contingent on--you guessed it!--Obamacare restraints. As York notes, this will be "yet another example of Boehner accommodating the most conservative wing of the GOP conference."
What's more interesting is what immediately follows:
Boehner will not have the support of ... those [House Republicans] who would prefer that the Speaker work on a deal to quickly settle both the debt limit and the government funding issues....
Boehner might also have a problem with [a] number of the Republicans elected in 2012 [who] ran for office pledging that they would not support a debt limit increase unless it was accompanied by more spending reforms.
So he's screwing the moderates (or what passes for that term these days) while two-timing them by also screwing an ultraconservative faction within the ultraconservative faction, who next will get themselves Boehner-shagged when President Obama, true to his word, refuses to gut his historic, signature program in exchange for reopening Yosemite.
Rather soon, just who will be left for Boehner to ... well, you know, [insert expletive here]?