Such is the case for House Speaker Paul Ryan and GOPers these days.
A plan to approve a partisan, farm bill and food assistance measure imploded late last week over immigration.
The decision by key members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus to oppose the farm bill helped dispatch that measure to defeat.
A unique byproduct of calling a vote for speaker now forces Democrats to vote on the record, for or against her.
“They’re not going to drive a wedge in our caucus,” House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said of theoretical GOP leadership calisthenics.