While I didn’t like Toomey’s bill one iota, given the possibility of the federal government abusing its new authority and the impracticality of forcing people who don’t normally sell firearms to have to pay for background checks, but it’s not as if he was pushing the Brady Bill or something like that.
I think that you’ll find that, when Toomey’s seat comes up in 2016, he won’t have any Republican with a better record than him run for the nomination (although there might be some with *no* record, who of course will claim that they’re batting 1.000, not batting .000).
If you start sitting out elections when you don’t get a Joe Pitts on the ballot (I’m assuming that you find Pitts’s voting record acceptable, although chances are that he has cast at least one vote at some point in his close to 20 years in Congress with which you’ve disagreed), you’re going to sit out *a lot* of elections, particularly in PA. Let’s not make the perfect the enemy of the good. Mike Fitzpatrick is not perfect, but he’s FAR better than his RINO predecessor Jim Greenwood (not to mention than Patrick Murphy, whose brief time in office Fitzpatrick has bookended). Could Fitzpatrick be a bit better on environmental issues? Sure, but the odds of electing a pro-development Republican in Bucks County who also is as pro-life, pro-gun, pro-marriage and pro-tax cuts as Fitzpatrick is not very high. A better target to go after would be the pro-abortion Charlie Dent in the Lehigh Valley’s PA-15, but it has to be someone with the sort of background that will allow him to be elected to Congress in such district.
I see 95 percent of Republican elected officials faking conservatism or repudiating it ala Charlie Dent.
The Murray-Ryan budget deal last month found no Pennsylvania House Republican in opposition (all for it even Keith Rothfus) to the new tax bill (fees for air travel) that also cut military pensions and extended unemployment benefits.
This bill was opposed by the Tea Party ones who oppose Boehner along with others who are running for US Senate in their various states. It was also opposed by the Democrat progressive Leftists of the Congressional Black Caucus and such.
These budget deals are not the way forward and they resemble European style austerity measures to manage debt.
I suspect that’s all that Washington has in store for us and alongside higher taxes and military cuts we get emotional politics about Obamacare from the GOP that intends to amend it, not end it and from the Democrats emotional arguments about a higher minimum wage so they can divert attention from all the welfare cuts they have to implement to satisfy the creditors of the United States of America.