After 2 years of hounding Nancy Peloski and President Obama, the NY Times reports trouble in River City, at least as far as the House Republican majority goes:
Under pressure to make deeper spending cuts and blindsided by embarrassing floor defeats, House Republican leaders are quickly discovering the limits of control over their ideologically driven and independent-minded new majority.
For the second consecutive day, House Republicans on Wednesday lost a floor vote due to a mini-revolt, this time over a plan to demand a repayment from the United Nations. Earlier in the day, members of the party’s conservative bloc used a closed-door party meeting to push the leadership to go well beyond its plans to trim about $40 billion from domestic spending and foreign aid this year, demanding $100 billion or more
On Tuesday the new Republican leadership was forced to pull a trade assistance bill off the floor and the Patriot Act failed to be extended. When asked about all the bumps in the road, House Majority Leader John Boehner responded:
Speaker John A. Boehner conceded that the fledgling majority was encountering turbulence. “We have been in the majority four weeks,” Mr. Boehner said. “We are not going to be perfect every day.”
After all the criticism of the other guys, the Republican Majority needs to get it right. What will the next ‘swing and a miss’ be? These folks are finding out that the easy part of the job is to sit on the sidelines and criticize, ridicule, and bring down others. Those who were called RINOs hopefully are sitting back laughing now, especially those who lost their seats because it looked soooo easy.
These guys get the same break from me that they offered the other guys. I don’t recall President Obama getting 4 weeks before the criticism began. I think that started on day 2.
Welcome to Washington. Now get with the program!