It’s Not Your Ideology: It’s Your A-Holery

Speaking of hilarious media accounts, today’s Politico has a piece by Jonathan Allen reporting that House Republican leaders are trying to tamp down rapidly spreading right-wing fury over a “purge” of three conservatives from choice committee assignments by letting it be known that they were punished not for their ideology but for being “a–holes.” Yes, that’s the official term deployed by a spox for Rep. Lynn Westmoreland in explaining the punitive actions. An unnamed source in House circles called the three (Reps. Amash, Huelskamp and Schweikert) the “most egregious a–holes in the House Republican Conference,” so this is a very precise message they are getting out.

I wouldn’t have thought a-holery was against House GOP rules or mores, but maybe there are limits, even in that community. Perhaps they said hurtful things about Speaker Boehner that made him cry.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.