ROHRABACHER LETS LOOSE…. When a liberal Democrat accuses congressional Republicans of being more interested in playing “political games” than governing, it’s not especially surprising. When a conservative Republican House member does it, the remarks tend to stand out.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) took shots at his own party’s leaders in the House currently, and blasted fellow Republicans for having failed to have reform healthcare during the first six years of the Bush administration, when Republicans held Congress and the White House.
“Unfortunately, I see a lot of Republicans simply involved in political games,” Rohrabacher said in an interview with conservative bloggers at this past weekend’s Western Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), in videos posted by the conservative blog Hot Air.
“The Republican leadership in the House right now is constantly trying to play a political game every day to try and get a headline, and I don’t think that’s going to take us anywhere,” he added.
Rohrabacher added that his GOP colleagues are focused solely on the “next couple days of headlines.” He went on to say that some Republican lawmakers, and even some Republican leaders on the Hill, are “totally out of touch” with “what’s going on” with “regular” Americans.
Keep in mind, Rohrabacher is not exactly some reform-minded moderate. He’s a very conservative lawmaker — he once said global warming was caused by dinosaur flatulence and dismissed torture as “hazing pranks from some fraternity” — who was even caught up in the Abramoff scandal.
And even he’s disdainful of congressional Republicans right now.