What has been a bad year for the establishment just got worse.

While everyone was focused on Donald Trump’s insurgent win in the Republican presidential primary, not many noticed Tea Party conservatives scored a major victory in the House of Representatives.

And it was who a Tea Party candidate replaced that made the victory all the sweeter.

John Boehner retired from Congress last fall because conservatives refused to go along with his strategy of surrender when dealing with President Obama.

As Speaker, Boehner epitomized the establishment’s go-along-to-get-along mentality that enraged the Republican base.

Because Boehner’s opening bid in any negotiation with the Democrats was to wave the white flag, conservatives led by the House Freedom Caucus would withhold their votes.

That led to the spectacle of Boehner turning to the Democrats to provide the votes necessary to fund Obama’s agenda.

After Boehner retired, 15 Republicans jumped into the primary to win the nomination to succeed him.

But one candidate stood out.

Warren Davidson was a West Point graduate and former Army Ranger.

He entered the race as the Tea Party candidate and won the endorsements of the Club for Growth and the Senate Conservative Fund.

These conservative, anti-establishment groups ran TV ads on Davidson’s behalf.

Another key endorsement came from House Freedom Caucus Chair, Jim Jordan (R-OH).

Davidson won the 15-way primary with 32% of the vote, an impressive figure considering the size of the field.

The Wall Street Journal said of Davidson’s primary win:

Warren Davidson, a businessman and West Point graduate, won the Republican primary for the chance to replace former House Speaker John Boehner in southwestern Ohio later this year.

Mr. Davidson’s victory marked a rebuke to the political establishment in the district that had sent one of its most visible embodiments to Washington. Mr. Boehner ended his quarter-century career in Congress last fall, resigning after he had become the target of conservative lawmakers and activists’ anger over his negotiations with President Barack Obama and Democrats.

After he won the primary, his victory in the special election to fill Boehner’s seat was a slam- dunk due to the strong Republican advantage in the district.

Davidson’s win adds another member to the House Freedom Caucus.

While the Freedom Caucus does not release details of its membership, the group is believed to have about 40 members.

Because Republicans hold 246 seats, the 40 House Freedom Caucus members are enough to block establishment bills by denying leadership the votes necessary to reach a 218 vote majority.

That John Boehner’s seat was filled by a Tea Party candidate, who immediately joined the group that ran the former Speaker out of Congress, is a victory both symbolic and substantive for conservatives.