House Republican leaders couldn’t muster up enough votes to revamp part of the Affordable Care Act this week, a proposal Democrats opposed. Republicans had to pull the bill.
One veteran Republican lawmaker said this about putting it to a vote in the first place:
“They’ve lost their minds.”
Took him this long to figure that out?
House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) were at odds over the bill, and yes, they lost their minds years ago.
A number of high-ranking Republican lawmakers close to the whip operation told The Hill, on the condition of anonymity, that there has been a “disconnect” with leadership lately.
Unless rectified, that disconnect could hamper Republican efforts to go toe-to-toe with President Obama on raising the debt ceiling. [...]
When House GOP leaders schedule floor votes on legislation and then are forced to retreat, the party loses political leverage. That happened when Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) couldn’t pass his “Plan B” bill during the so-called fiscal cliff negotiations late last year.
Boehner’s fingerprints aren’t on the GOP ObamaCare measure, which some critics on the right have dubbed “CantorCare.”
CantorCare. Now that’s funny.
Cantor has been thinking nationally, but many conservatives in gerrymandered districts are thinking locally. They don’t want to get primaried, so they do everything they can to please voters back home.
But back to that pesky “disconnect”:
“[Cantor and Boehner] didn’t listen to the whip who [has] said they didn’t have the votes for this. They brought it up, then they whipped it, then they lost. This is like the fourth time they’ve done this where they underestimate when the whip’s said, ‘We don’t have the votes for this,’ ” a senior GOP lawmaker told The Hill.
Gee, Republicans failed to listen? Who’da thunk it?