More On The GOP’s Conservative Purge

Via Carolina Plott Hound:

Walter Jones found out he had been kicked off the House Committee on Financial Services when his staff found out on the internet.

Some quotes from a National Review article:

“A GOP aide was far more blunt, telling the newspaper Roll Call that the message being sent was “You want good things in Congress and to have a good career? Better play along nicely.”

The four dissidents had displeased leadership in the past. All of them had voted against the 2011 deal extending the government’s borrowing authority in exchange for $1 trillion in budget restraint. Three of the four had also voted against Paul Ryan’s budget blueprint, which the House passed last March.”

It’s one thing for House leadership to play roughly, but it’s quite another to claim the moves don’t represent a purge of conservatives when they clearly do. “Show me where any Republican has been punished for voting way to the left,” an angry member of the Republican Study Committee told me. “You can vote for every pro-union bill, you can vote with the National Education Association, which gives millions to defeat GOP candidates, you can vote to raise budget targets set by GOP chairmen, and nothing happens to you,” he said. “Punishment is only directed to the right.”

Erick Erickson of RedState wrote this week: “As the sun rises this morning we can look at John Boehner, [Majority Leader] Eric Cantor, and [Majority Whip] Kevin McCarthy and know the opposition is not just across the aisle, but in charge of our own side in the House of Representatives.”


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