Don’t expect a kinder, gentler Huelskamp

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, may be making postelection noises that sound like a willingness to compromise, but don’t expect every House conservative to do likewise. “Pretty much everyone in our conference is returning with a bigger margin of victory than the president of the United States. He certainly doesn’t have a mandate,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, told the National Journal’s Ben Terris, saying he reads the election as a reason to fight harder for his principles. Terris wrote: “ For Huelskamp and other House Republicans, it doesn’t matter much that Obama won re-election. What do they care if Democrats ran up their numbers in states such as California and New York? The only way Huelskamp could lose his job in his rural Kansas district is if someone claiming to be more conservative beat him in a GOP primary.”