Herger’s vote “shows how uncompromising” the GOP has become

“Rep. Wally Herger’s spokesman said Thursday that the congressman supports House Speaker John Boehner’s latest plan to modestly raise the debt limit,” according to the Redding Record Searchlight. “Many conservatives denounce that plan as not going far enough, fast enough, and its passage through the Republican-controlled House was going down to the wire Thursday — even as the bill might not pass the Democratic Senate anyway. [Tom McClintock is one of them].

“It’s strange to see the day when Herger, a deep-red conservative his entire career, looks like a mushy moderate in his party. But that’s a sign of just how uncompromising the Republicans have turned. Never mind that running a politically divided government leaves no choice.”

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

10 thoughts on “Herger’s vote “shows how uncompromising” the GOP has become”

  1. John,
    The Redding Searchlight couldn’t have stated it better:
    “It’s strange to see the day when Herger, a deep-red conservative his entire career, looks like a mushy moderate in his party. But that’s a sign of just how uncompromising the Republicans have turned. Never mind that running a politically divided government leaves no choice.”

  2. Jeff,

    All of this makes for good editorial and blogging comment, but I would point out that NO ONE on your list addressed the questions that I asked about the compromise that was offered by the Republicans.

    Not being willing to discuss an option seems to me the more uncompromising position don’t you think?

    John

  3. John,
    Perhaps they’d be willing to discuss it if it came from the fan base of a candidate who actually voted for it, rather than against it.
    I happen to believe that the final legislation will include large parts of it.
    Let’s be honest here: The problem is not the Democrats or the moderates or the moderate Republicans. It is the extreme right, with its unyielding positions. Even Wally Herger voted for the Bohner plan.

  4. The Republicans keep on speaking of an “expanding government.” Their reasoning seems to be that the government is “going to be obligated to pay for more baby boomers, soc sec and medicare.”

    I’m sorry, “Going to” is the wrong phrase. The government in the PAST made the deal where they collected CASH from the American people, who AGREED to give it in EXCHANGE for those future benefits.

    Those are not “Entitlements.” They are the “TERMS of the DEAL.” If the Tea Party members want to complain, let them talk to the politicians of the past who then raided the piggy banks and stuffed them with IOU’s.

    1. Douglas,

      You are very right about all of this, which is why it is so hard to be on the losing end of the Ponzi scheme.

      Perhaps all those member of Congress who spent ALL of that “cash” on other things should join Mr. Madoff at his new residence?

      John

  5. I wonder how many moderates will move to the left over this? I moved left after Gingrich and his band of merry destructive Republicans took over in 94. I was a moderate to right leaning independent until then. When they started attacking the moderate Democratic President I had voted for, that was it for me. I haven’t looked back since. The pendulum has swung far, far right. but it will return to the middle and swing back to the left before this story called the USA ends. That’s unless the debt ceiling doesn’t get raised and it all blows up on or about Tuesday. 14th amendment, here we come.

  6. “mushy Monderate”? Never heard of one. The Moderates are open minded enough to look at an issue from all sides before deciding.

  7. The progressive budget plan was and still is the best plan offered by members of the House. It ends the wars, reduces defense spending, produces the a public option on Health, raises taxes on the rich, and ends loopholes Unfortunately Congress doesn’t want good things to happen to the American people.

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