“Look, there are a lot of conservatives in the Republican caucus in the House who hate the bill for good reason. This is a complete surrender on everything.” – Charles Krauthammer
THE CONSERVATIVE king of wingnuttery shouldn’t be too upset. The Fiscal Cliff bill passed. However, the House scuttled the vote on a $60 billion Sandy aid bill for victims of the deadly nor’easter.
Surely Chuck will appreciate all the money saved by not coming to the aid of Sandy victims.
As for Speaker Boehner’s leadership, it’s another death blow to his reputation, while also revealing the uncontrollable nature of the Republican House caucus.
In a statement, a spokesman for Boehner said: “The Speaker is committed to getting this bill passed this month.” That assurance was not enough for the members who have districts that were affected by Sandy. “I feel it is a personal betrayal,” said Representative Michael Grimm, a New York Republican. “But I think more importantly, when you parse out all the politics, the people of this country that have been devastated are looking at this as a betrayal by the Congress and by the nation, and that is just untenable and unforgivable.”
UPDATE: Rep. Peter King went nuclear on his GOP colleagues.