Wednesday, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow discussed how deep the grudges between GOP traditionalists and its new breed of firebrands must be if they are going at each other’s throats over a bipartisan budget deal that was co-authored by one of their own.
For an example, she played a clip of House Speaker John Boehner slamming Republicans for being outraged at the budget deal before they ever saw it. Usually when he has a moment like that, he later backs off, but this time, he doubled down on it, saying the conservative movement has lost all credibility.
Maddow says the budget deal between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) really wasn’t that big of a deal, calling it “small-scale.” In order to get this kind of back and forth bickering within the GOP shows that the civil war between these 2 groups goes deeper than that, likely from months – or even years – of frustration.
If the disagreement were just about that deal, it would probably not be this vitriolic. It’s not that big of a deal as a policy matter. It’s kind of like – if you’ve been having a long simmering fight with your spouse, over something that’s been going on for months, maybe years. And it’s about really big issues most of the time, and in order to get along, you just agree you’re not going to talk about it, but then one day you’re asked, “pass the salt,” and YOU KNOW WHAT? THAT’S IT! I’M NOT PASSING YOU THE SALT!
Maddow also pointed out that the anger isn’t one-sided. According to Politico, Senate Conservatives Fund executive Director Matt Hoskins had this to say.
John Boehner has apparently decided to join Mitch McConnell in the war on conservatives. McConnell called us fringe traitors who should be locked in a bar and punched in the nose, and now Boehner is lashing out at us too. Conservatives everywhere need to understand that the party’s leadership has declared war on them. If they don’t fight back, they will always regret it. We’re going to hang together or hang separately.
She also talked about the Senator Mitch McConnell’s threat of payback for Democrats changing the filibuster rule regarding judicial nominees. This week, the senate are having all-night sessions to try and slow voting, but Maddow says they are completely wasting their time, because they are doing exactly what the Democrats wanted them to do in the first place.
It’s amazing, it’s like he was hired by Democratic bloggers to illustrate what’s wrong with Republicans in the Senate right now.
Although she enjoys watching McConnell struggle to find a way to continue to make approval of judicial nominees as difficult as he possibly can, she says that story can’t quite compete with her joy of watching your opponents fight with one another.
If there is one thing to take more pleasure in than your opponent’s outraged display of his own impotence in defeat, it’s got to be the spectacle of your opponent being driven to his knees by infighting on his own side.