(Remember this video from This Week in 2006? )
The tea party sure has screwed with Rep. John Boehner's ability to deal with the GOP caucus that he leads after a stop gap spending measure was voted down by his own people.
House Republicans return to Washington this week; a restless bunch in the wake of an embarrassing legislative defeat and months before they face primary voters in the 2012 election.
The stunning downfall of a stop-gap spending bill, which 48 Republicans rejected on Sept. 21, is a clear sign that managing the House GOP Conference in the coming months will be extremely challenging. While House Republicans were able to pass a second spending bill with only 24 defections, the flawed strategy of moving the first piece of legislation has left some battle scars.
Rohrabacher was one of Jack Abramoff's good buddies back in the day and is a big man when it comes to wingnut craziness. The congressional Republicans tried to put up a unified front to oppose Obama, but in actuality, they are fighting amongst themselves. They are all scared little boys being bullied by an unpopular wing of their party. Dana Rohrabacher admitted his voting on the measure was cowardly because his other Orange County colleagues voted against it. Awww, did he get sand kicked in his face playing with his toys?
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) told his colleagues that his original “no” vote was “chickensh--,” according to members who attended the closed-door meeting.
Rohrabacher said he changed his initial “yes” to “no” on the first CR vote because he saw that most of his fellow Orange County colleagues had opposed the measure and he didn’t want to attract Tea Party criticism. He called his action “cowardly” and promised to support the revised spending bill.
In the end, Rohrabacher and his three Orange County colleagues, Reps. John Campbell (R-Calif.), Gary Miller (R-Calif.) and Ed Royce (R-Calif.), supported the next measure, which passed easily. Royce, who is expected to face Miller in a primary, voted no on the initial measure. Miller voted yes.
Moving forward, a GOP freshman member would like to see their leadership present a more cohesive message for the rank-and-file so that members feel better able to defend their votes at home.“We ought to examine what our principles are, why we are here and stick to them. And the political strategies that are involved in these thoughts, we’ve got to make sure we are on the same wavelength. We ought to be able to beat the Democrats on the head with all these public policy issues because they are demagoguing and they are wrong, and we ought to be able to explain to people why we are right, they are wrong, our policies will work, theirs will not,” the lawmaker told The Hill.
These fools need to pass legislation that will fund the government and pass a budget for 2012 or the world markets will collapse and there's nothing Europe or the BRIC nations will be able to do. They can't even settle on what to do about the Eurozone. With an election coming up it's going to be much worse for the global economies as well as our one if they don't start acting like grownups. I know, that's asking a lot and it will never happen with the new ideological newbies from the midterms.