Wednesday, July 27, 2011

At The Movies – The GOP Caucus

The House Republicans are trying to rally the troops by showing them motivational clips from gangster movies.

The House GOP leadership team, often described as fractious, showed complete unity behind closed doors and in public Tuesday. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told Republicans he was “150 percent” behind Boehner and his plan, according to Republicans who attended Tuesday morning’s closed-door meeting. He told Republicans to “stop grumbling and whining and to come together as conservatives” to support the Boehner proposal.

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the party’s vote counter, began his talk by showing a clip from the movie, “The Town”, trying to forge a sense of unity among the independent-minded caucus.

One character asks his friend: “I need your help. I can’t tell you what it is. You can never ask me about it later.”

“Whose car are we gonna take,” the character says.

After showing the clip, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), one of the most outspoken critics of leadership among the 87 freshmen, stood up to speak, according to GOP aides.

“I’m ready to drive the car,” West replied, surprising many Republicans by giving his full-throated support for the plan.

But as Brian Beutler notes, that’s not the full quote from the film.

Doug MacRay: I need your help. I can’t tell you what it is, you can never ask me about it later, and we’re gonna hurt some people.

James Coughlin: …Whose car we takin’? [Emphasis added.]

Maybe that part about hurting some people was so obvious they didn’t need to say it. And using a gangster film seems to fit right in.

Doug at Balloon Juice suggests that if we’d shown them the volleyball scene from Top Gun, we’d have ended DADT years ago. I’d go with the shower scene from Starship Troopers, but to each his — or her — own.