|Peter King (R) of New York says 150 house republicans would vote for a clean CR "If it was a secret vote."|
Voice of the Mountain
by Shawn K. Inlow
The Mountain doesn't often agree with U.S. Representative Peter King (R) of New York. But in recent comments, King has reiterated something that you, dear reader, need to appreciate.
In the October 6 New York Times article, Boehner Hews to Hard Line in Demanding Concessions from Obama, Rep. King said this:
“I’m positive that a clean C.R. would pass ... If it went on the floor tomorrow, I could see anywhere from 50 to 75 Republicans voting for it,” he added. “And if it were a secret ballot, 150.”
Let's think about this for a moment, shall we? King is saying that 50 to 70 republicans are brave enough to openly support a "clean" continuing resolution to end the government shutdown. "Clean" meaning a resolution that didn't come with any Tea Party demands about defunding the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as "Obamacare."
With 200 democrats ready to vote for a clean CR, the vote would pass with only 18 republicans standing up for common sense. Yet Speaker John Boehner (R) of Ohio says those votes don't exist and will not bring such a vote to the floor.
But here's the good stuff, and it's the thing The Mountain has been pointing to for the last two days: King continues to say that 150 republicans would vote for a clean CR to fund the government "If it were a secret ballot."
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King is admitting the obvious. House republicans, including John Boehner, are afraid of these guys: Charles and David Koch. The Super Koch Bros. The billionaire funders of all things Tea-Party and the emissaries of the downfall of respectable conservatism.
Any republican caught off the Tea Party farm can expect a wholly owned Koch Bros subsidiary with unlimited funding in his next primary. This IS happening. This is not your dad's republican party anymore.
What we are dealing with here, and what we've been talking about this week... I promise tomorrow we're going to talk about something else... is that Charles and David Koch are literally overthrowing the government with unlimited money. And the fight that has to happen is inside the republican party. Either the Kochs win or the dying breed of republican moderates who used to be able to WIN elections without rigging them will out. Someone needs to grow some balls and have that fight.
So let's go ball-hunting by looking at the U.S. House of Representatives from the area around The Mountain.
I saw Glenn Thompson from Pennsylvania's 5th district on CSPAN this morning. Maybe Glenn would show some balls. But looking at his campaign funding over at Open Secrets.org one quickly notes that Glenn lives in the fossil fuel sector and lookie there, Koch Industries is among his top ten donors.
Glenn got up on the floor of the House this morning and spewed some shit about being a good scout and leaving the world better for those who come later. Then he read two letters, one from Jefferson County and one from DuBois about the evils of Obamacare.
I was looking at Bill Shuster's page and see that the leaf doesn't fall too far from the tree. He's setting himself up nicely as the chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and he's raking in contributions from the transportation sector. He's got it too good and I don't think we're gonna see Congressman Shuster pick a fight with the Super Koch Bros.
You just can't get good help these days.
I wonder if Mr. Thompson or Mr. Shuster would vote in secret for a clean continuing resolution to fund the government. What would their position be if they knew the Koch Bros wouldn't find out? I wonder if they'd care about the damage to my savings and pension as the market tanks because of the Koch Bros greedy aims. I wonder, is Pennsylvania's republican delegation a pack of men or cowards?
I'm betting on cowards. Or henchmen. Each and every one of them.