I campaigned for Jody Hice and Barry Loudermilk in Georgia. They both said they were opposed to Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. John BoehnerHouse Republican AverageSee Full ScorecardN/A as Speaker of the House of Representatives. Today, the both voted for him, having previously voted against him in the Republican Conference.
They both stood behind that as their justification to vote for him today, but their constituents thought otherwise. For an hour on the radio in Atlanta tonight, donors of theirs, voters of theirs, and other supporters called in to say they felt betrayed and that we had all been played.
I don’t blame the voters. These guys had promised to oppose Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. John BoehnerHouse Republican AverageSee Full ScorecardN/A. It was their first act and they broke their promise. But they are not somehow suddenly not my friends. They are good men. They just flinched at their first time on the firing line.
While they should and will be held accountable, they also deserve some measure of grace. If I believe in a God of second chances, then I need to give second chances. But there is more than that and I think a lot of conservatives lost sight of it.
Republicans are playing a short game. Cycle to cycle they want to hold a majority and must win the fights necessary to hold that majority. Their entire operation is built on election cycles. Conservatives are not playing that game. Conservatives are playing a longer game to move the country in a particular direction.
The votes of congressmen for Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. John BoehnerHouse Republican AverageSee Full ScorecardN/A, when they had promised to vote against him, do matter and their faltering out of the gate is discouraging and disappointing to so many who helped them, stood by them, defended them, and thought they were making a change for the better. But this one vote is not singularly, monumentally important in the long term. There are other fights on other days that will also matter.
A practical side of this is …read more