House freshmen flunk the first test
Posted: Monday, April 18, 2011 8:01 pm
By: Dick Morris and Eileen McGann
By DICK MORRIS
and EILEEN McGANN
Three-quarters of the freshman class of Republican congressmen — the group that was going to change America — succumbed to party pressure and voted to accept the John Boehner sellout deal he struck with President Obama.
How disappointing for those of us who worked hard to elect them and vested such hopes for change in their candidacies.
Please go to dickmorris.com for a list of the House freshmen who voted for the Boehner deal — 61 of them.
Also, please find on our site the names of the 59 men and women of courage and conviction who voted against the sellout compromise.
We cannot read the names of those who folded without a sense of exquisite pain. These were the people who were going to change Washington. Now it is evident that Washington is changing them.
It is not only the paltry nature of the $39 billion in cuts they accepted or even that they broke the basic campaign promise — and premise — on which they were elected, but that they were too frightened to use the lever available to them — shutting down the government. The Republicans would have won that fight. We had hoped that those freshmen who battled the odds so bravely to secure their seats would continue to fight just as vigorously to save America from fiscal ruin, but it was not to be.
Read the names of the freshmen Republicans who voted for this deal. It is very important that you write or call them to give them a simple message: Either they show more backbone next time, or you will withdraw your support.
Theodore Roosevelt said of William Howard Taft that he had the “backbone of a chocolate eclair.” The same could be said for three-quarters of our freshmen.
Let’s salute the congressmen who showed that they would keep their word to their voters. Freshmen Scott Rigells (Va.), Steve Chabot (Ohio), Cory Gardener (Colo.), Morgan Griffith (Va.), Andy Harris (Md.), Robert Hurt (Va.), Raul Labrador (Idaho), Steve Pearce (N.M.), Scott Tipton (Colo.), Alan West (Fla.) and Ben Quayle (Ariz.).
Engraved beside each name, in our minds, is the time we spent campaigning for them, and we cannot but feel a warm glow that we helped to put them in office. Those of you who donated to their campaigns should feel special pride.
For the others, we apologize. If they continue to act as pawns for the speaker, we need to admit that we should not have asked you to donate funds to them or to help them get elected. And we won’t again.
Of course, there is still room for redemption. There will soon be bitter fights over the 2012 budget and legislation to raise the debt limit. Our straying freshmen may yet discover their courage.
Your calls and letters to them will help. Please, if you recognize the name of your congressmen on the list of compliant freshmen or the name of someone to whom you have donated, please call them and express your shock and chagrin. Maybe, maybe they will get the message.
Dick Morris, a Fox News commentator, was a long-time advisor to President BIll Clinton
Published in The Messenger 4.18.11