Like a bad penny, RINO Congressman Fred Upton (R-Michigan) keeps turning up in some very unexpected places.
In 2007, for instance, he turned up as the co-sponsor of an amendment to ban the current generation of incandescent light bulbs.
In January of this year, he turned up as the Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on the promise that he would repeal the incandescent light bulb ban he had sponsored.
In July, he was the mastermind behind the failed strategy to present the light bulb repeal ban for a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives under “suspended” rules. This meant the ban needed a two-thirds vote to pass, which it did not receive. (It did, however, receive a clear majority.)
Now, having performed so well in his other duties this Congress, Speaker Boehner has rewarded Congressman Upton today by naming him to one of the three coveted Republican House seats on the “budget reduction” committee.
What are we to conclude about Speaker Boehner, who demonstrates such loyalty to a member of his leadership who is so weak in both commitment to principle and development and execution of political strategy?
Constance Dogood has already addressed some of the problems of the current Republican leadership in her Voices of the Tea Party e-book How the GOP Establishment is Co-Opting the Tea Party Freshman Class. Ms. Dogood focused on how the desire to secure and maintain political power clouded the judgements of the leadership so badly that they were unable to understand or respond to the principled commitment of the Tea Party freshmen to constitutionally limited government, fiscal responsibility, and free markets.
It’s time now to consider another Voices of the Tea Party e-book about the current Republican leadership. This one would focus on the many reasons why it’s time for these out-dated thinkers to step aside for a new generation of leaders in the next Congress.
Does anyone think John Boehner, Fred Upton, and Mitch McConnell are actually going to make the hard choices necessary to cut the federal budget in real terms the current fiscal year, or the next?
I, for one, don’t think they will, and it is a great disappointment to see RINOs like Fred Upton put in position to make further concessions on fiscal matters to the completely uncompromising Democrats. With Upton on the committee, can “revenue enhancements” be far behind?
Michael Patrick Leahy is the editor of the Voices of the Tea Party e-book series and co-founder of Top Conservatives on Twitter and the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition. His new e-book, I, Light Bulb: A Death Row Testimonial, was published earlier this week. His new book, Covenant of Liberty, will be published by Broadside Books in spring, 2012. He can be reached on Twitter at @michaelpleahy .