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Buck McKeon cites gridlock in retiring (damn Tea Party, and chairmen term limits!)
politico.com ^ | 1/16/14 | Austin Wright

Posted on 01/16/2014 1:44:08 PM PST by cotton1706

A tearful Rep. Buck McKeon on Thursday singled out partisan gridlock as a motivating factor in his decision not to seek reelection this fall, a subtle rebuke of the far-right forces in the GOP pushing for cuts to federal spending even at the expense of the military.

The House Armed Services Committee chairman, whose voice cracked as he vowed to press on in his fight to stave off reductions in Pentagon spending, has led the committee during a tumultuous time for the defense establishment, which has seen its power on Capitol Hill wane with the rise of tea partiers and libertarians in the GOP.

But the California Republican noted his decision to retire comes after a string of victories for defense advocates in Congress, who dragged a mammoth annual defense authorization bill across the finish line last month amid a partisan Senate spat over amendments — and recently notched a bipartisan budget agreement that staves off sequestration for the next two years.

(PHOTOS: Who’s leaving Congress?)

“What you have is a real problem in trying to get things together, in trying to get things to happen,” McKeon explained during a news conference Thursday morning, saying both parties had shifted toward the extremes over the past few years.

The “biggest motivator” in his decision to retire, he said, was the fact that House term limits would have prevented him from staying on as Armed Services chairman in the next Congress.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections
Boo hoo! Good riddance to one of Boehner's moderate chairmen!!

Heritage: 42%

FreedomWorks: 43%

Club for Growth: 60%

American Conservative Union: 83%

Taking an average of these (which is how you’d get his real rating so everything’s taken into account), McKeon has a pitiful conservative average of 57%.

1 posted on 01/16/2014 1:44:08 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706
A tearful Rep. Buck McKeon

Another weeper of the House?
2 posted on 01/16/2014 1:46:35 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: cotton1706

Good riddance to RINO rubbish.


3 posted on 01/16/2014 1:50:26 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (Mohammed was a pedophile and Islam is a Totalitarian Death Cult.)
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To: cotton1706
a subtle rebuke of the far-right forces in the GOP

It might be "subtle" if the likes of you idiot reporters weren't trumpeting it far and wide as "subtle".

4 posted on 01/16/2014 1:50:49 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: cotton1706

Notice- how EVERYTHING is the TEA PARTYS FAULT!!

From the Dems: their Racist,their Hicks,their Homophobes
Gridlock! they are EVIL!

From the Repugs: their anti Govt!-they are anti military!
There is no compromise!Gridlock!
They are Evil!
it is actually pretty laughable except-
Want the Demons and Repugs to work together?- throw
a true conservative in the room with them


5 posted on 01/16/2014 1:52:35 PM PST by mj1234
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To: mj1234

I hope to see scores of RINOS ousted by the Tea Party. Scores!


6 posted on 01/16/2014 1:57:05 PM PST by Gaffer
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To: cotton1706

If the tea party is losing, why is he leaving?


7 posted on 01/16/2014 1:57:55 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: cotton1706

Buck off.


8 posted on 01/16/2014 1:59:28 PM PST by Dr. Thorne ("How long, O Lord, holy and true?" - Rev. 6:10)
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To: cotton1706

Too bad Sheila Jackson Lee won’t retire. But then she can’t get a job anywhere else because she is so stupid.


9 posted on 01/16/2014 2:04:45 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The War on Drugs has been used as an excuse to steal your rights. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

She could get a job at the US Landing Station & Gift Shoppe on Mars...


10 posted on 01/16/2014 2:10:12 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: carriage_hill

Yea, they could set up the shop right beside where the Apollo astronauts landed.


11 posted on 01/16/2014 2:17:38 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The War on Drugs has been used as an excuse to steal your rights. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: cotton1706

Maybe “things” SHOULDN’T be happening.


12 posted on 01/16/2014 2:24:19 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: cotton1706

Tearful?!?!?

I swear, if I see or hear about another one of these RINO estrogen filled morons crying about anything other than someones death, I’m going to vomit all over my keyboard.

This idiot hasn’t the stomach for the job, and I say good riddance.


13 posted on 01/16/2014 2:33:21 PM PST by Vanbasten
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To: cotton1706

Let me guess Buck’s next stop...

Trent Lott’s Lobbying Firm.


14 posted on 01/16/2014 2:46:47 PM PST by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: cotton1706

“What you have is a real problem in trying to get things together, in trying to get things to happen...”

McKeon’s been in Congress long enough that he ought to have a real clear idea of what the Democrats mean when they talk about “getting together” or “bi-partisanship”.

The Dems’ definition of that is “We’ll get anywhere from 75-90% of what you want. We’ll throw you a few crumbs so you can feel relevent and you’ll give us almost everything we want because after all, you don’t want to be disinivited from all those great Georgetown cocktail parties - do you?”


15 posted on 01/16/2014 2:52:59 PM PST by MplsSteve
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To: MplsSteve

Minor typo here...

Meant to say “We’ll get anywhere from 75-90% of what WE want...”

Sorry.


16 posted on 01/16/2014 2:54:50 PM PST by MplsSteve
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To: cotton1706

Partisan gridlock? The neo liberals get everything they want.


17 posted on 01/16/2014 2:58:31 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: cotton1706

BTW Cotton, why are all or most of Boneheads Chairmen from states
the GOP NEVER carries?


18 posted on 01/16/2014 3:27:41 PM PST by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: cotton1706

don’t let the door hitcha where the good LORD splitcha.


19 posted on 01/16/2014 3:47:23 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: cotton1706
a subtle rebuke of the far-right forces in the GOP pushing for cuts to federal spending even at the expense of the military

Say WHAT?

20 posted on 01/16/2014 4:09:56 PM PST by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: cotton1706

LOL. Politico whining about the Tea Party again, eh? Tea Party causing so much trouble...but wait, I thought the Tea Party was dead and gone.

Funny, too, how they always talk about the “far right” causing the problems...the “far left” never has screwed anything up.


21 posted on 01/16/2014 5:46:45 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: tennmountainman

“BTW Cotton, why are all or most of Boneheads Chairmen from states the GOP NEVER carries?”

You probably already know the answer to that question. Because to get elected in those states, the republicans have to be more liberal. And Boehner picked the most liberal republicans to be chairmen.


22 posted on 01/16/2014 6:24:42 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

One would think committee chairmen would be from states the
GOP consistently carries.


23 posted on 01/16/2014 6:56:49 PM PST by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: tennmountainman

“One would think committee chairmen would be from states the
GOP consistently carries.”

That would mean policy would be influenced by conservative thinking. And we can’t have that can we? No conservative pressure can be brought to bear on moderate-liberal chairmen from democrat states. They’ll just laugh, maybe through the people a bone with good votes on guns so they can get reelected.


24 posted on 01/16/2014 7:08:59 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: Dr. Thorne

Buck off.
_______________________________________________________

LOL!!!


25 posted on 01/17/2014 6:58:19 AM PST by Din Maker
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To: SoFloFreeper
Funny, too, how they always talk about the “far right” causing the problems...the “far left” never has screwed anything up.
People who go along and get along with journalists are “liberals.” Never left, let alone “far left."
That is the case in journalist’s honest opinion - because they live within the conspiracy against the public known as the Associated Press.

26 posted on 01/17/2014 2:27:12 PM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion ("Liberalism” is a conspiracy against the public by wire-service journalism.)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

He’s retiring...good. Unfortunately taxpayers have to continue giving him money. Bummer.


27 posted on 01/17/2014 6:19:17 PM PST by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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