The House Purge of “True Conservatives”

Coming to a political column near you soon: a pat on the head for the Serious Adults of the House GOP for getting control of their caucus and putting conservative activists on notice that getting in the way of the ontologically essential Big Deficit Deal is unacceptable.

The pretext will be the “disciplining” of House wingnuts by their removal from key committees, most notably the dismissal of Tim Huelskamp and Justin Amash–both members of the class of 2010–from the Budget Committee.

Dave Weigel’s says conservatives are treating this phenomenon as “a purge of non-RINOs.” But what, specifically, did Huelskamp and Amash do to get sent to the principal’s office in the first place? They voted against adoption of the Ryan Budget last March on grounds that it didn’t cut spending enough.

So we are supposed to believe now that Paul Ryan defines “RINOism”? And we are supposed to give House Republicans Big Boy Merit Badges for refusing to give committee assignment perks to Class of 10ers so nutty that they believe Paul Ryan defines “RINOism”? I don’t think so.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.