Pissing in the Poisoned Well

The typically great Brian Beutler has a typically great piece over at TPMDC regarding the GOP’s insistence that the Democrats “poisoned the well” on the Hill by ramming through passing HCR. The result of the contaminated water supply: Congressional Republicans, who were apparently just about getting ready to quit the blind obstructionism and get back to actually legislation, are now so incensed that they’re going to stay the course.

But I think Beutler missed a critical opportunity when he spoke to Lindsay Graham–who, like the other Republicans quoted in the piece, blames Democrats for creating a bad atmosphere but doesn’t specify which formerly cooperative Republicans are now going to hew to the party line.

That is, of course, because he’s referring to himself. Graham wants to keep things in the passive tense because it gives him an excuse to stop making pro-immigration reform noises that could be potentially upsetting to the party base. But of course if he wants to trash reform, he should be up front about it. I’d like to see some enterprising journalist ask him straight up whether or not he would still vote for it.

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