Except for worrying about an even-more-rabidly right-wing conservative who may go after the congressman in a Republican primary. The same goes for senators in such solidly Republican states as Texas or South Carolina … or Kentucky.
Case in point is the aforementioned Mitch McConnell, who is the Babe Ruth of filibusterers. He’s employed a record number of them to see that hardly anything the president wants becomes law.
Yet, there’s a serious GOP primary challenge coming McConnell’s way in Kentucky from a tea party conservative.
This guy says that if the majority leader doesn’t agree to shut down the government in a vainglorious, doomed attempt to get rid of Obamacare, he’s not conservative enough. McConnell has a competitive Democrat to face in the general election, but you can bet he’s a lot more concerned about getting “primaried.”
He knows that most moderates won’t be voting in the primary and many Democrats won’t bother in the general election, so he has to move as far to the right as he can to appeal to the ‘base” voters who will most surely show up.
Thus, nothing gets done in Washington because those “base” voters consider “compromise” to be a dirty word.
The conservatives vote … and the liberals don’t.
I blame the liberals.
Sam Pollak is the editor of The Daily Star. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (607) 432-1000, ext. 208. His columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/sampollak.