In an article for Tuesday’s edition of the New York Times, authors Jonathan Weisman and Ashley Parker were hard-pressed to say nice things about the hard-core conservatives who have forced House Speaker John Boehner’s hand in confronting the president over his signature legislation, ObamaCare. But they did manage to shine the light of appreciation onto those few who are standing their ground.
The Times, of course, stated that the purpose behind the efforts of these stalwart few was to shut down the government, a misreading of reality common from the Times. But forgiving them that, and recognizing instead that what the conservative cadre wants to do is to de-fund the healthcare monstrosity and are willing to go to the mat not only with the president but with the House Republican leadership as well to accomplish it, the Times’ article is well-balanced.
It is clear that, no matter where the authors look, the ones responsible for holding Boehner’s feet to the fire know exactly what they are doing, and why. It’s a political maneuver based on constitutional principles. For instance, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) was quoted:
We've passed the witching hour of midnight, and the sky didn't fall, nothing caved in. Now the pressure will build on both sides [of the issue], and the American people will weigh in.
King is a member of the Tea Party Caucus, which was formed in the summer of 2010 and now enjoys support from 46 House members in its quest to force the House to promote fiscal responsibility and limit the government to its Constitutional prerogatives. As the Times’ authors noted, King is one of a “hard-core group of about two dozen” whose strategy is “to yield no ground until they are able to pass legislation reining in the health care law ... and if the federal government stays closed, so be it.”
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