February 4, 2015 11:30 am -

[su_right_ad]That’s what a senior Republican aide told Roll Call about the House Freedom Caucus.

…the HFC could be a real thorn in leadership’s side. The group is already claiming victory in what was shaping up to be an intraparty showdown over Texas Rep. Michael McCaul’s border security bill.

The bill was purportedly pulled because of the weather, but is conspicuously not on the schedule this week, with no commitment from leaders that the House will ever take it up.

It’s an early bit of obstructionist momentum that worries some mainstream Republicans, who fear the faction is less about imparting a conservative vision and more about preventing anything from getting done.

“They’re not legislators, they’re just assholes,” a senior GOP aide told CQ Roll Call. “These guys have such a minority mindset that the prospect of getting something done just scares them away, or pisses them off.”

The aide said the Republican Study Committee, a larger and more established collection of conservatives, had shown some willingness to work with leadership. “So the fact that the RSC can’t be the ‘no’ caucus, they have to create their own ‘no’ caucus.”

The aide said the HFC — a collection of “the craziest of the crazy” — was obviously a repudiation of the current RSC.

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D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

8 responses to ‘They’re Not Legislators; They’re Just Assholes’

  1. Foundryman February 4th, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Just a couple years ago, Boehner and McConnell were running around screaming with glee…”It’s Alive..It’s Alive!!”….Now they are trying to avoid being choked by the monster they created…To bad, so sad…

    • Suzanne McFly February 4th, 2015 at 12:14 pm

      I love when we get to see how karma works.

  2. fahvel February 4th, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    just wait though – soon ass-holes will rule the whole world – that being true, who wants to hide in a hole?

  3. Bunya February 4th, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    If anybody is the aficionado on assholes, it would be the GOP.

  4. wpadon February 4th, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Sort of reminds me of “Spaceballs”, “…they’re all assholes sir.”

  5. tiredoftea February 4th, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    The fact that an aide goes there is a small, small, very small, vanishingly small, sign that any remaining adults in the Republican party might throw the fringies under the bus.

    I apologize, in advance, for my optimism!

  6. ExPFCWintergreen February 4th, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    AKA, “Republicans”

  7. William February 4th, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    “Freedom” caucus