Skip to comments.Buck McKeon cites gridlock in retiring (damn Tea Party, and chairmen term limits!)
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: Whos 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.
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Club for Growth: 60%
American Conservative Union: 83%
Taking an average of these (which is how youd get his real rating so everythings taken into account), McKeon has a pitiful conservative average of 57%.
Good riddance to RINO rubbish.
It might be "subtle" if the likes of you idiot reporters weren't trumpeting it far and wide as "subtle".
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
I hope to see scores of RINOS ousted by the Tea Party. Scores!
If the tea party is losing, why is he leaving?
Too bad Sheila Jackson Lee won’t retire. But then she can’t get a job anywhere else because she is so stupid.
She could get a job at the US Landing Station & Gift Shoppe on Mars...
Yea, they could set up the shop right beside where the Apollo astronauts landed.
Maybe “things” SHOULDN’T be happening.
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.
Let me guess Buck’s next stop...
Trent Lott’s Lobbying Firm.
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?”
Minor typo here...
Meant to say “Well get anywhere from 75-90% of what WE want...”
Partisan gridlock? The neo liberals get everything they want.
BTW Cotton, why are all or most of Boneheads Chairmen from states
the GOP NEVER carries?
don’t let the door hitcha where the good LORD splitcha.
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.
“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.
One would think committee chairmen would be from states the
GOP consistently carries.
“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.
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 journalists honest opinion - because they live within the conspiracy against the public known as the Associated Press.
He’s retiring...good. Unfortunately taxpayers have to continue giving him money. Bummer.