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NYT Praises House GOP For Ignoring Tea Party

From the New York Times:

In Defeat for Tea Party, House Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

By JONATHAN WEISMANJAN | January 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday, 359 to 67, to approve a $1.1 trillion spending bill for the current fiscal year, shrugging off the angry threats of Tea Party activists and conservative groups whose power has ebbed as Congress has moved toward fiscal cooperation.

The legislation, 1,582 pages in length and unveiled only two nights ago, embodies precisely what many House Republicans have railed against since the Tea Party movement began, a huge bill dropped in the cover of darkness and voted on before lawmakers could possibly have read it.

You see? Only crazy Tea Party types would object to Congress voting for a bill they have never read.

The conservative political action committee Club for Growth denounced it and said a vote for it would hurt any lawmaker’s conservative scorecard. Heritage Action, the political arm of the Heritage Foundation, castigated it as a profligate budget buster that is returning Washington to its free-spending ways.

“Has Congress learned nothing from the Obamacare disaster?” said Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots. “We need members in the House and the Senate who are willing to keep their campaign promises, stand up for the people and protect Americans from Washington’s tax, borrow, spend and spend and spend mentality.”

The response in the Republican-led House was a collective shrug, with 166 Republicans voting for it and 64 opposing it…

“If I started voting how they want me to, versus what I think is right, then they’ve already won,” said Representative Mike Simpson, Republican of Idaho, who is dealing with one of the best-financed Tea Party challenges of this campaign year.

What part of being a ‘Representative’ does Mr. Simpson not understand? (Apparently, the primary filing deadline has passed in Idaho.)

The budget process that is culminating in the passage of the spending bill has ushered in a remarkable marginalization of the Republican far right. After a politically disastrous 16-day government shutdown last fall…

Let’s see how ‘remarkably marginalized’ the Republican far right is come November.

By the way, here is a note to the New York Times: nobody cares about the government shutdown, unless they wish it has been longer.

“Our people learned a lot of tough lessons in the last year, and I think you’re seeing the tough lessons applied,” said Representative Tom Cole, Republican of Oklahoma.

In the process, Speaker John A. Boehner has reasserted control over his fractious Republican conference, leaving his far-right flank angry and isolated. The speaker’s public and private denunciations of the outside conservative groups have created conditions in which members must choose sides, and they have…

Wow, John Boehner must be so proud to see himself being praised by the New York Times.

The Heritage Foundation drafted a lengthy to-do list for the huge spending bill… All of those requests — about half the to-do list, in all — were carried out, and yet Heritage Action demanded a “no” vote.

That ideological purity has lost its power…

Again, speak to us in November.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, January 16th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “NYT Praises House GOP For Ignoring Tea Party”

  1. Petronius says:

    So. Another $1.1 trillion. And only 67 “remarkably marginalized” and crazy “far right” Tea Party votes to be counted against it.

    What does the Republican Party stand for anymore? Anything?

    Or just fiscal irresponsibility, shady back-room deals, amnesty, and capitulation?

    And what difference will November make, when one’s only choices are Democrat and Democrat-lite? When staying at home on election day becomes your best option?

    Fiscal sanity may be restored but not at the ballot box. Sanity may be restored when the Chinese spook the markets, when the Chinese finally announce they’re not buying any more US paper. Maybe then.

  2. canary says:

    I can’t believe the New York Times did not give the amount of Trillions of dollars in debt the US has reached.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    Well, hell .. when Congress is staring down the barrel of a $1.2 quadrillion Derivatives Market that is teetering and may cascade into catastrophic failure any day now … I suppose a trillion seems like pocket change ..

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