Skip to comments.GOP freshman: McConnell 'ran over us'
Posted on 12/23/2011 11:59:40 AM PST by rabscuttle385
Freshman Tea Party Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) is incensed that Republicans caved in the payroll-tax debate, and is putting the blame squarely on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
I dont think theres a revolt with respect to Speaker Boehner, Gowdy said Thursday night on Foxs "Your World With Neil Cavuto." "I think the license tag of the truck that just ran over us has Kentucky license tags. For the life of me, I cannot understand when the Senate is going to find something they care enough about to stand on policy and principle.
Last week, the Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill to extend the payroll tax cut for two months to give Republicans and Democrats additional time to negotiate how to pay for a full-year extension, which both sides say they want. McConnell seemed to have an understanding with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) that the bill would pass the House.
However, House Republicans, led by some freshman representatives who were voted into office on the strength of the Tea Party movement, revolted against the Senate-passed bill, saying the negotiation over a full-year tax cut should happen now.
But the conservative establishment, led by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the Wall Street Journal editorial board and former Bush adviser Karl Rove, turned strongly against House Republicans and said they were botching the politics by picking the wrong fight.
On Thursday, McConnell dropped a lifeline to Boehner, saying publicly that the House should pass the bill if Democrats agreed to name conferees to negotiate the full-year extension early next year.
The bill passed the House Friday morning by unaninimous consent.
We can blame Speaker Boehner if we want to, but we were fighting an uphill battle, Gowdy continued. To have the Senate pass a two-month extension with the number of Republican votes that they got Ive taken naps that lasted longer than two months.
Some have speculated that the payroll tax debate has irreparably harmed Boehners Speakership, and that he has lost control of his caucus to a Tea Party faction.
Gowdy did not dispute that notion, and he paused for a few seconds before answering Cavutos question as to whether Boehner should maintain his Speakership.
We didnt have a comment section to our conference call, Gowdy said, referring to a Thursday conference call in which Boehner informed Republicans they should concede to the Senate-passed bill. We typically do, where we can ask questions and register complaints. That wasnt an option this afternoon. It probably means wed still be on the phone call, if hed opened it up to questions.
If there are 25 rino congressmen, then putting this to a vote would lose. That’s all it would take. And there are more than 25.
When it’s 2 to 1, you pick your battles carefully. There’s no great glory in falling on your sword.
Better to George Washington them....fall back until the battle plan is in your favor. That’s how the Revolution was won, by winning battles and not losing them, by picking occasions when winning was possible and not by throwing everything at a losing proposition.
The Establishment RATS and RINOs banded together to teach the TEA party freshmen a lesson. Expect more of the same.
My only point is that Gowdy shouldn’t mouth off when is complicit in the deal. He should just keep his mouth shut. It makes him look stupid and hypocritical. I agree with his stance, but complaining and whining about something you just voted for is weak.
I have little patience for hypocrites and show boaters. That is exactly what Gowdy looks like in this case.
What is this “conservative establishment,” led by Senior Juan McCain, that they speak of?