1 month, 3 weeks ago by Bryan Nichols
Remember when Congressman Aaron Schock was so upset with Bruce Rauner (or whoever it was) for running those radio ads saying he wasn't conservative enough?
Apparently those days are over.
Here's what he had to contribute to the discussion when the Republicans had a meeting on Wednesday to figure out how best to bend to the will of the President..
Representative Aaron Schock of Illinois said the lesson of the episode was that Boehner should cut out the far-right flank and work with centrist Democrats.
That's according to National Review, who prefeced his comments with this:
Walking out of the meeting to the throng of reporters, the conservatives kept to that script, but the moderates drew their knives out for the Right.
Then, he went on CNN last night after voting for the raw deal extolling the virtues of working with Democrats and leaving the "insane caucus" behind. Yes, he referred to those who opposed Obamacare as the "insane caucus."
Schock tried to suggest that the fight was over the debt and deficit (that's what those who voted for the deal are now trying to suggest).
However, when pressed, Schock said that Speaker John Boehner didn't even try to get concessions on Obamacare when negotiating with President Obama!
Rep. Schock also suggested that if Republicans can work Democrats now, they can move forward with deficit reduction, immigration reform, infrastructure spending, etc.
Those policy goals sound eerily similar to what President Obama said he wanted after the Senate passed the shutdown bill last night. Starts at about 1:40.
What Rep. Schock doesn't seem to understand is that, while there may be 30 members of the "insane caucus" in Congress, there are many more members of that group back in his district. They are the ones who would prefer that Republicans do what they can to stand in the way of the President's agenda. Not because of who the President is, but because his agenda is bad for the country. I believe we call them constituents and some are even referred to as donors.
Some of those donors told me (before the partial shutdown) that if they didn't get answers on the things they cared about (mainly Obamacare), they wouldn't be as inclined to lend financial support. The answers are sorely lacking and Schock's recent public pivot to all-out moderate won't help his cause.
We'll see what they do with their money over the next year.