(New York Times) G.O.P. Agenda in House Has Moderates Unhappy
WASHINGTON, July 7 — Moderate Republicans say a planned summer push by the House leadership on conservative causes like gun rights and new abortion restrictions threatens the re-election prospects of embattled centrists, who are key to the party’s drive to hold Congress.
Frustrated and angry, they say the leadership’s new American Values Agenda, a list of initiatives heavy on ideological themes, seems short-sighted and ill-timed considering that few conservatives are at serious risk in November.
“It was stupid and gross,” said Representative Christopher Shays, Republican of Connecticut. “They have this obsession to satisfy conservative Republicans who will probably be re-elected no matter what happens. They get job satisfaction, but they are making it more difficult for me to win my race.”
My heart bleeds for these guys, it really does. I mean for God’s sake, here they are doing their duty, day in and day out, selling their souls enabling a group of far right nutcases to control the federal government and pretty much ruin the country, and this is that thanks they get?
For some reason I find myself remembering what Bud Fox’s father told him in the movie Wall Street:
I don’t go to bed with no whore, and I don’t wake up with no whore. That’s how I live with myself. I don’t know how you do it.
What do you think Congressman Shays: Could the real problem here possibly be in the company you’ve been keeping?