Here's some straight talk today from GOP Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma:
“Paul Ryan has played a major role in advancing the conservative cause and creating the Republican House majority. His critics are not true conservatives. They are radical populists who neither understand nor accept the institutions, procedures and traditions that are the basis of constitutional governance.”Whoa ... nothing short of a stinging indictment of his fellow Republicans.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy served up a similar dose of reality on the day he pulled himself out of the speaker's race.
mccarthy in phone intv: asked if house is governable? "I dont know. sometimes you need to hit rock bottom"— Rich Lowry (@RichLowry) October 8, 2015
All this left NYT conserva-pundit David Brooks feeling pretty dreary as he penned a piece titled, "The Republicans' Incompetence Caucus."
Welcome to Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and the Freedom Caucus.
Really, have we ever seen bumbling on this scale, people at once so cynical and so naïve, so willfully ignorant in using levers of power to produce some tangible if incremental good? These insurgents can’t even acknowledge democracy’s legitimacy — if you can’t persuade a majority of your colleagues, maybe you should accept their position. You might be wrong!