Talk radio and a few cable TV shows picked up on the hashtag and invited Meyer to share his take. The questions, though, weren’t so much about whether Boehner was effective. Was he in political trouble? Meyer argued that Boehner should be, but he wasn’t so sure that’s how Capitol Hill insiders saw it. At the time, Meyer had few contacts.

“I then called the House parliamentarian’s office and started talking a lot about how only 17 Republicans needed to break with Boehner to get a second ballot on January 3,” he says. “People were really interested; we thought it could maybe happen.” Ryun, who often writes for RedState, shared the idea with its editor, Erick Erickson. Twitter was soon buzzing with #FireBoehner activity.

That’s when things got complicated. A House member who noticed Meyer on television talking about his distaste for Boehner searched for Meyer’s contact information on Google. Meyer won’t divulge the member’s name, but I’ve confirmed with other sources that it was Jeff Landry, an outgoing member from Louisiana. Landry invited Meyer, whom he’d never met, to come discuss a plot against Boehner.

Landry blamed Boehner for ending his congressional career.