Consider this latest twist a reward for the fact that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi didn't stop FISA legislation or put impeachment back on the table.
What other explanation could there be for the decision by the White House to cut the Republicans in the House off at the knees over offshore drilling?
A House Republican leader is lambasting President Bush on his decision not to call Congress back into session to deal with the energy crisis.
In a legislative update sent to GOP members and staff on Tuesday, Republican House Policy Committee Chairman Thaddeus McCotter (Mich.) accused "Beijing George" Bush of throwing House Republicans "under the bone-dry bus" on his way to the Olympics in China.
I would not be surprised to see scores of House Republicans break loose and begin to abandon the White House wherever possible, just to deliver a little payback. They are clearly divorced now in spirit--whether that means they finalize it through some legal proceeding is debatable. Everyone is going to focus on their own needs and their own re-election. And while House Republicans posture and whine, it means fewer of them are traveling to their districts to campaign.
With fewer of them campaigning at home, it reminds all of us why we need to throw as many of them out as possible while always looking for better Democrats. These up-or-down votes could be critical next year:
House GOP leaders last week called on Bush to convene an emergency session ofCongress, but the White House said such a move would not make a difference because Democrats would not call for an up-or-down vote on offshore drilling legislation.
How bad is it? I don't think this Congressman is going to be the only one looking for payback:
McCotter, known for his frank and sometimes unusual political opinions, was not pleased with that decision. His memo stated, "Today, in his final term, the wildly unpopular President George W. Bush boarded Air Force One bound for the Beijing Olympics and a meeting with his chum Hu Jintao, the dapper ruler of a nuclear armed, communist dictatorship. ... Perhaps our Compassionate Conservative-in-Chief will bring our absent Democrat Congress some 'Made in (communist) China' souvenir t-shirts: 'Bush went to Beijing and all I got was this lousy five week, paid vacation.' "
You've gotta love to see a Republican throwing the word "communist" in the face of the leader of his party like a drink at a party...