The Republican Party is in deep trouble. After candidates tell us during their campaigns that they’re actually conservatives, that they’ll fight for principle, that they’ll be reliable and honorable, too many of them retreat right back into doublespeak, back-room dealmaking and abandon their principles at the first opportunity for them to follow through on their campaign promises. Today’s deplorable demonstration of the rot festering within the Republican Party is none other than Virginia’s Congressman misrepresenting the First District, the dishonorable Rob Wittman.
Yesterday’s vote on “CRomnibus” was an opportunity for Republicans to demonstrate that our faith in them was worth it when they told us they’d make sure President Obama’s blatant trampling of the Constitution was stopped. Newly-minted Congressman Dave Brat even managed to show them how to do it with his proposed amendment to ensure no federal funds were used to provide amnesty for illegal aliens, and 75 Republicans even co-sponsored his amendment including Rob Wittman. In response Republican leadership slammed together a 1700+ page pork-laden omnibus bill filled with political gimmickry that no one had time to read and demanded that it be voted on without any opportunity for Dave Brat’s amendment to be considered.
When it came time to vote, amazingly Wittman, along with a number of other nominally reliable Republicans in Virginia astoundingly voted against the very same amendment they had co-sponsored, instead favoring a rule that added a few hundred additional pages to this already gargantuan bill that no one had time to read regarding pension “reform.” With the rule in place that prevented any opportunity for members to consider amendments or substitutes, all it took was John Boehner working with Nancy Pelosi to round up enough Democrat votes to pass the bill and allow some members of the Republican caucus to symbolically defect and vote against the underlying omnibus bill in order to avoid political backlash. Wittman was among those trying to pull the wool over the eyes of his constituents, who voted for the rule, but against the underlying bill.
Wittman sought to deflect the certain outrage over his abandonment of principle and trampling of his campaign promises with a mealy-mouthed whitewash by press release, hoping uninformed voters would dutifully nod their heads in agreement and think Wittman was actually doing the job he was elected to do:
I opposed this bill tonight because Congress has had months to properly fund our government with better legislation that doesn’t include so many provisions that are disagreeable to folks on both sides of the aisle, such as the section that would add to the gross imbalance in government by allowing more outside money to flow into politics. We should be fixing campaign finance laws, not making things worse. I also believe that this bill did not go far enough to reign in the President’s unilateral action on immigration.
As if anyone who understands what happened would ever swallow such ridiculous tripe. Wittman had the opportunity to ensure he could “reign in the President’s unilateral action on immigration” and even co-sponsored the amendment that would actually do it. He chose instead to vote for the rule that prevented that amendment from being considered, clearing the way for something to happen that he told us he wouldn’t allow to happen. What the hell is the point of having a Congressman if they’re not going to tell you the truth, do the opposite of what they say they’re going to do, and hand over all legislative authority to a President that is determined to reshape this country in ways that make Republicans cringe? How is this fundamentally different than having radical communist Norm Mosher in this seat, who would do the same thing but at least be honest about his intent to destroy this nation?
Wittman has been playing this same game all year, issuing nonsensical explanations regarding his disinterest in performing the job he was elected to do, so it’s not much of a surprise to me that he’d stab the American people in the back like this and cast the deciding vote that lets Obama not only grant amnesty to five million illegal aliens, but provide them with Social Security benefits and taxpayer-funded healthcare.
If you’re considering a primary challenge against this useless waste of a representative in 2016, I want to talk to you. It would be terrifically hard to do worse than this.
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