Most Of The Republicans In The House Aren’t Even Trying
We have too many RINOS in Washington who are ideologically sympathetic to the Democrats and primarily look at serving in Congress as nothing more than a cushy job. You don’t buy that? Then read this Washington Times article and you may change your mind:
“At a recent meeting of the House Republican leadership, members of the new minority party looked around and realized they were entering unfamiliar territory: Only one of them — Rep. John A. Boehner of Ohio — had ever served as a member of the minority party on Capitol Hill.
“We’re all still finding our way,” said Rep. Kay Granger of Texas, the Republican Conference vice chairman.
The power shift has created its own internal struggle among Republicans.
The younger pit bulls want to go after the Democrats quickly and without remorse. Some of the older Republican stalwarts prefer sitting back and allowing new Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her party members to have their moment in the sun and govern accordingly.
“It’s in flux right now as to kind of what direction we take and how we operate now that we’re in the minority,” said Rep. Patrick T. McHenry of North Carolina.
“There is a group of us who think we have to throw down the gauntlet and be on the offensive from the very beginning in battles from Day One,” he said. “That’s the only way we are going to get back in the majority. Then there are others who say we need to let them have their time.”
Several Republicans confirmed privately that more than two-thirds of House Republicans are favoring a slow approach, while a minority of members think the attacks on Democrats should come rapid-fire.
Already, some say the opposition has been too quiet in allowing Democrats to pass key elements of their initial agenda.
There have been four major votes on Democratic bills since Congress convened under the new majority earlier this month. Of those, 24 Republicans crossed the line to support changes to Medicare, 37 voted with Democrats to expand funding for embryonic stem-cell research, 68 voted to implement more recommendations of the September 11 commission, and 82 Republicans voted for increasing the minimum wage.
Some Republicans privately fumed at these votes and noted that Democrats in the last Congress were far more united against the Republican majority’s bills.”
Yeah, if the Republicans mope along, keep screwing over the people who voted for them, forget about party discipline, and just “let them have their time,” everything will work out fine…geeze, how do real conservatives who are playing to win in Congress, like Patrick McHenry, keep from throwing things in meetings like this?