Buried in Ryan Lizza's juicy piece on the Republican Caucus of the House of Representatives is this tasty little nugget.
On January 15th, a few hours after I left his office, Labrador joined a hundred and seventy-eight other Republicans who voted against a fifty-billion-dollar relief package for areas in coastal New York and New Jersey that had been wracked by Hurricane Sandy. It was the second time that month that major legislation passed the House with a majority of Democratic votes. This time, Cantor voted for the bill.
So did Tom Cole. He was dumbfounded that so many of his colleagues voted against the fiscal-cliff deal. “These guys have no endgame,” he said. “I mean, they just are so desperate to do something that they don’t think past their nose. And that’s the dangerous part of this.” He added that he couldn’t understand what the opponents of the deal believed they were accomplishing: “I saw one of them on television who said, ‘Well, Obama will cave.’ Really? With all the polls running in his direction, his popularity moving up, ours in the tank? He’s not going to cave. Some of these guys will hold a political gun to their head and threaten the President: ‘Do what I want or I’ll pull the trigger!’ Like he cares?”
By the way, Tom Cole has a lifetime American Conservative Union rating of 92, which I guess makes him a RINO these days. And he just called his fellow Republicans a bunch of suicidal crazies.
But the sequester is all Obama's fault!