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WP: Less Conservative GOP Key To Solving Crisis

From the Washington Post:

Less-conservative Republicans may be key to solving federal fiscal drama

By Rosalind S. Helderman and Ed O’Keefe | September 30, 2013

The most conservative tea-party-backed members of the House GOP have been the center of attention in the ongoing fiscal drama, but the key to a solution in the coming days may be a different Republican bloc altogether. It’s a group of a few dozen lawmakers from swing districts and suburbs mostly in the Northeast and California.

So there are "a few dozen" non conservatives in this ‘Republican bloc"? (By the way, watch how this number dwindles away during the course of this article.)

They are Republicans such as Rep. Devin Nunes (Calif.), who represents Fresno. “I think it’s moronic to shut down the government over this. I don’t understand it. I never have,” he said Monday after House leaders unveiled their latest plan to link a bill to keep the government funded to a delay of a central plank of the federal health-care law, the requirement that individuals purchase health insurance.

The new measure also would end health-insurance subsidies for lawmakers, their staffs and top political appointees — and Senate Democrats vowed to kill it.

Was Mr. Nunes furious when Obama (probably illegally) delayed the employer mandate? Was he furious when he and the rest of Congress were given their (probably illegal) taxpayer subsidy for their Obama-Care premiums?

Don’t call these Republicans moderates, a dirty word in the modern GOP. Perhaps just call them the “not-as-conservatives” — as in not as conservative as the rest of their colleagues. Ultimately, the outcome of the current crisis could rest in their hands…

[T]ime and again in recent months, legislative battles have ended… with a group of these not-as-conservatives aligning with Democrats to pass legislation over the objection of their party’s most conservative members… Even as lawmakers remained stalemated as midnight approached, some predicted that’s how a shutdown would end this time, too.

Note how it isn’t even suggested that some of the ‘less liberal Democrats’ might help solve the crisis by offering to compromise. No, it’s always the ‘moderate Republicans’ who can be counted on to cave.

“It’s a dead end,” Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.) said Monday afternoon, explaining why he would vote against the latest Republican plan, in hopes of getting to that outcome more quickly.

King said that he raised his objections to the new plan during a closed-door meeting with his GOP colleagues Monday afternoon and that other Republicans openly lamented that “we’re throwing red meat to the public and using our staff to get us out of the trouble we got ourselves into.” …

You see? Doing what the vast majority of Americans want, delaying the individual mandate and making Congress pay their own way, is just throwing the public red meat.

King… said a group of 20 to 25 fellow not-as-conservatives huddled on the House floor Saturday…

So now we have gone from a few dozen to 20 to 25.

He said the group agreed it was prepared to support a “clean” continuing resolution, ensuring that many government workers would remain on the job, without linking the issue to defunding the new health-care law.

Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) from Allentown, another leader of the not-as-conservative caucus, told CNN that he thought as many as 200 Republicans were secretly hopeful of the outcome in which some Republicans would vote with Democrats for a “clean” continuing resolution…

So now the number is up to 200?

When King urged members of the bloc to defy leadership and halt a proposal by House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) in its track in a procedural vote Monday evening, only Dent voted with him…

Oops. Suddenly the number in this ‘Republican bloc’ is down to two. Peter King and some nobody named Charlie Dent from PA.

Voting with Democrats on a bill opposed by a majority of Republicans would be treacherous for any Republican, likely to draw the ire of grass-roots activists and Washington advocacy groups who have urged Republicans to use this moment to stop the health-care law…

Of course, it has nothing to do with the American public or the Republican base. They just have to fear the ‘special interest groups.’ And talk radio.

But as the shutdown loomed, distress rose among the not-as-conservatives about the strategy being forced by the party’s hard-liners. “By wanting to repeal Obamacare using this method, it defies what the popular will is,” said Sen. John McCain…

McCain and the popular will have always been strangers. McCain is on the wrong side of the popular will on just about every issue, from Syria to amnesty.

“Lemmings with suicide vests,” Nunes called his fellow Republicans…

Goodbye, Mr. Nunes. It was nice not ever knowing you.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “WP: Less Conservative GOP Key To Solving Crisis”

  1. Noyzmakr says:

    Has the WP ever called any demonicrats ‘not-as-liberal’, ‘not-as-radical’, ‘not-as-socialist’ or even ‘not-as-progressive’? I didn’t think so.

    As for the traitors King and company, ‘Goodbye you northeastern pansy’. You’ve been sitting in your cushy seat too damn long. GOOD RIDDANCE!!

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Jeebus Crsico … how much more ‘not conservative’ can the Pubbies get?

  3. mr_bill says:

    Helderman and O’Keefe lament the lack of dozens of “not as conservatives” while ignoring the fact that if there were six Senate democrats that weren’t hell-bent liberals, unwilling to compromise, that we’d have a resolution to this already. We might even have had a budget for the last 5 years.

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