From the Washington Examiner
House GOPers who stayed true should be rewarded, not tossed aside
By: Mark TapscottMolly Hooper of The Hill has a long piece today on Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachmann’s challenge of Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling to succeed Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana for House Republican Conference Chairman.
As Hooper notes, Bachmann is portraying the contest as the Establishment GOP versus the Tea Party. Such a narrative probably makes sense to liberal journalists, but it misrepresents a key aspect of the struggle in recent years between faithful House GOP conservatives like Hensarling and those such as Jerry Lewis and Hal Rogers who went whole-hog for the old politics of earmarks and pork barrel.
Tea Party advocates are absolutely right to take down the Lewis and Rogers brand of Me-Too Republicanism, but what about those like Hensarling among the House GOP caucus who have been fighting the congressional GOP’s drift leftward for many years?
Molly Hooper makes a good point. Read the rest.