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Last March, House Budget Committee members Justin Amash (R-MI) and Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) voted against Paul Ryan's 2013 House budget resolution. So did all 16 Democrats sitting on the Committee. The measure passed out of committee 19-18 and was later passed by the House without any Democratic votes. The Ryan budget resolution died there in the House.
Republicans Amash and Huelskamp didn't vote against Ryan's budget resolution in Committee because they aren't sufficiently, or severely, conservative....they are. They voted against the Ryan budget because it wasn't extreme enough.
Amash and Huelskamp have learned this week that they have been removed from their Committee assignments by House GOP leadership.....which means by John Boehner, Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy. Not only did Amash and Huelskamp lose Committee assignments, but so did David Schweikert (R-AZ) and Walter Jones (R-NC).
Naturally, this has caused the always-victimized Tea Party-right to claim that there's a "purge" going on of all "true" conservatives in Congress.
Huelskamp, Sarah Palin and conservative interest groups such as the Club for Growth and FreedomWorks lambasted the GOP leadership for the committee changes.
Huelskamp specifically called the move by House GOP leaders a "purge."
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the outgoing RSC chairman, told Breitbart News, “It’s unfortunate and unhealthy for our party that principled conservatives are being punished for voting their consciences and keeping the promises they made to their constituents.”
This "purge" is causing quite a bit of outrage from extremist-right conservatives who have dominated the GOP for the last 3 years or so. Go here for a rundown. To take just one example, here's Redstate.com proprietor and radical-right CNN contributor Erick Erickson waxing prickishly....
Not quite two weeks removed from Thanksgiving, it is worth giving thanks to John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Kevin McCarthy. I really am thankful for them.
Yesterday the three of them purged fiscal conservatives from committees as punishment for being authentically fiscal conservatives.
So, four weeks after the Democratic Obama was re-elected and Democrats gained seats in both the House and the Senate......all during a period of 8% unemplyment......there are fissures developing in the Tea Pot. And this was all very predictable.
One of the turning points for voters vis-a-vis the new radical right and the Tea Party came about during the credit limit debacle of August, 2011. Voters who knew little about the Tea Party, independent voters who were unsure about the new movement, learned a valuable lesson during the Tea Party-generated, credit limit crisis. They learned that Tea Party congressional members would do just about anything in order to get their way. Even threaten to default on the full faith and credit status of the United States government.
As it turned out, the odious Standard and Poor's did downgrade our country's debt risk last August, which caused a negative ripple effect throughout the markets. The lesson learned was straightforward: Tea Party politicians would damage or destroy the entire U.S. economy if it meant getting their own way. In November, voters spoke up.....rejecting the extremities of the Tea-inspired GOP.
Oh, and, you know, by the way....why would GOP House leadership remove Amash, Huelskamp, Jones and Schweikert from their Committee assignments to start 2013?
All four Tea-drinking, GOP representatives voted last August in favor of the United States government defaulting on their debt obligations. All four extremist-right Republicans voted against raising the nation's debt limit. All four of these now-demoted Republicans thought it was a good idea for the U.S. to renege on paying back money the nation had already borrowed.
If Boehner, Cantor and McCarthy are conducting a "purge"......I can certainly understand why.