Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Old-Style Politics

Via John Cole, it looks like all those hard-core Tea Party freshmen who stormed Congress in 2010 and decried pork-barrel politics and earmarks as the enemy of freedom, democracy, and purity, are suddenly trying to find a way to bring home the bacon.

Hypocrisy alert: House Republican freshmen are begging their leaders to bring back a certain type of earmark so that they can help companies back home in an election year.

In a letter to Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, 65 House Republican freshmen — or roughly three-quarters of the class — asked that the House consider a miscellaneous tariff bill jam-packed with special provisions to suspend duties on various foreign goods, even though it runs counter to the earmark ban Republicans campaigned on in 2010 and instituted when they took power.

Anybody who didn’t think this would happen is just as naive as those wide-eyed — and wild-eyed — freshman coming in, going all Jimmy Stewart and ending up all Claude Rains. And next year, there will be another neophyte trying to primary the congressman that primaried the one before them. It’s not that Washington is inherently any more corrupt than any other political machine; it’s just the way of the world.