I’ll have to say about this in an upcoming article regarding my views on political suicide.
Via Hot Air:
Let the recriminations begin! Now that the House Republican caucus has fallen apart, at least momentarily, we can expect a lot of finger-pointing and blame-throwing from all sides — and in fact, it started almost immediately last night. Fox and Friends plays this reaction from Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-OH), who says not to blame John Boehner for last night’s failure of his Plan B strategy. Instead, LaTourette blames the Tea Party “chuckleheads” who have “screwed this place up.”
Republican Rep. Steven LaTourette said that Boehner is not to blame for the stalemate, the Tea Party is.
“I don’t know what the number is but say the number is 40 out of 240 – that’s not a repudiation of his leadership. That’s the same 40, 50 chuckleheads that all year … have screwed this place up. And he has done everything in his power to make nice to them, to bring them along, to make them feel included, but it hasn’t mattered,” he said.
I’m not sure that kicking a few of them out of their committee assignments in the last week or so made them feel particularly included. Here’s a question for LaTourette: why do that before walking out on a limb with this Plan B strategy, since it would obviously alienate them and their allies just before a leadership-affirming vote like this? That goes directly to strategy and leadership. If Boehner and his team wanted to punish a few people for disunity, perhaps it should have waited until after the fiscal-cliff negotiations ended, no?