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Congressman Rehberg Too Scared of Tea Party to do His Job?

by: Matt Singer

Tue Sep 20, 2011 at 15:23:40 PM MST


Montana's Congressman has a John Boehner problem -- two members of his Republican majority on the subcommittee he chairs think his budget is too big, presumably because it doesn't condemn all orphans to starvation or something. This presumably explains why Dennis has repeatedly cancelled his bill's markup. He doesn't have the votes to get something passed.

In other words, Congressman Rehberg hasn't been doing his job because he didn't do his job (assembling the votes needed to pass the budget).

But here's the other likely explanation: in a Republican Congress where everyone is scared of the Tea Party, Rehberg is keeping his profile low on a fight between the establishment and the Tea Party. The last thing he needs right now is a Tea Party challenger in his primary for bucking the Paul Ryan kill-Medicare budget. But he also can't tow the Paul Ryan kill-Medicare budget line without sinking his chances in the general.

So far--this gambit has largely avoided media coverage. We'll see if that changes in the near future.

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This story is too complicated for the media, Matt (0.00 / 0)
You're talking subcommittees, bill markups, lining up votes, tea party v. establishment repubs, etc. -- won't fit neatly in a one-column, four paragraph story.

Although I've had some issues with the blogosphere lately, this is one area where the blogs can excell: bringing multi-layered stories to the public that the media won't touch.


I see, over at 4& 20, that Denny was endorsed by Citizens United. (0.00 / 0)
So he doesn't have to worry much about the positions he takes.  He has enough money coming in from the big corporations to swamp the media, and low-information voters, with lies.

Ant that's really the bottom line. (0.00 / 0)
It doesn't matter what position Denny takes, and it doesn't matter whether he's consistent.  Unless he comes out as a gay, flag-burning, abortionist, he can frame virtually any position as being consistent with conservative values.  Or, at the very least, he can spend enough money to distract voters from his record.


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As if... (0.00 / 0)
Guess it's inconvenient to mention that it's been 800 days since the Democrat Senate voted on a budget bill than wasn't some form or another or a CR. Shame on Tester and Baucus for not standing up to (insert boogeyman here).

Paul Ryan kill-Medicare. Jesus, Singer, one might have thought moving to the big city would make you grow up a little bit, try something new. What's the matter, if you can't sell the goods in Portland of all places, you're leaving the door open here in MT. The Ryan plan is not about "killing Medicare," and you damn well know it. Meanwhile we'll wait for Obama, Reid, or Pelosi to present a plan of their own.


So Ryan's voucher plan wouldn't kill Medicare? (0.00 / 0)
Rich: Of course it would.  Only a teabagger would say otherwise.  More lies.

I meant to say . . . (0.00 / 0)
that Ryan's voucher plan would kill Medicare and that his "sunsetting" (leading to privatization) of social security would kill it too.

Ryan very well might lose to Zerban in 2012.  That would really be sweet!


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