Yesterday, John Boehner told his conference that he would be watching the voting records of particular members. Those who don’t support his view of Democrat-lite as the party platform will be kicked off their respective committees – just like Huelskamp, Schweikert, and Amash were axed earlier this week.
Boehner and other members of leadership are repeating this mantra that the punishment of those members had nothing to do with “conservative ideology” rather with “voting records.” However, they declined to divulge which votes they were referring to. Presumably, they meant conservative opposition to the debt ceiling deal and some of the spending bills.
With that in mind, let’s engage in a cerebral exercise for a moment. Assuming Boehner has any shred of respect for Republican ideology, we would expect him to banish members who vote to the left of leadership; members who vote with Democrats on key issues. After all, if voting to the right of leadership is tantamount to unforgivable debauchery, voting with Democrats should be a cardinal sin.
Yet, we find the opposite to be true with Boehner’s selective pattern of retribution. Huelskamp, Amash, and Schweikert were thrown off the Budget, Agriculture, and Financial Services committees; there are a number of leftists who voted against leadership but remain on the top 3 committees – Ways and Means, Energy & Commerce, and Appropriations.
Here are some good examples:
It turns out that it is about ideology. It’s all about eschewing the ideology that distinguishes us from Democrats.
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