A Republican is lecturing Republicans about not being very Republican… which is making Republicans very mad
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) February 9, 2018
Biggest kabuki performance since the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate (and frankly that’s insulting to the professionals of classical kabuki, since the modern GOP is extremely amateur). Latest update from the Grey Lady:
The Senate easily approved a far-reaching budget deal that would reopen the federal government and boost spending by hundreds of billions of dollars early Friday, but only after enduring a one-man blockade by Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who had held up the vote and forced the government to close.
The House is expected to follow before daybreak, though the outcome in that chamber was less certain. If the House approves the deal, the government will reopen before the workday begins.
But Mr. Paul, a Republican, will have made his point. Angered at the huge spending increases at the center of the deal, he delayed passage for hours with a demand to vote on an amendment that would keep in place strict caps on spending that the deal would raise…
Mr. Paul’s ideological opponents were not buying his fiscal rectitude either. Senator Brian Schatz, Democrat of Hawaii, posted on Twitter: “Rand Paul voted for a tax bill that blew a $1.5 trillion hole in the budget. Now he is shutting the government down for three hours because of the debt. The chance to demonstrate fiscal discipline was on the tax vote. Delaying a vote isn’t a profile in courage, it’s a cleanup.”
Around 1:45 a.m., the Senate finally passed the measure, 71 to 28.
Before Mr. Paul waged his assault on the budget deal, trouble was already brewing in the House, where angry opposition from the Republicans’ most ardent conservative members, coupled with Democratic dissenters dismayed that the deal did nothing for young undocumented immigrants, created new tension as the clock ticked toward midnight…
A group of Democrats desperately trying to protect a million or so young Dreamers from deportation; a solitary Republican stunting for his own narcissistic satisfaction. Both sides!
Rep. Charlie Dent goes there: "When Rand Paul pulls a stunt like this, it easy to understand why it's difficult to be Rand Paul's next door neighbor" https://t.co/i3JsJNuNXH
— Burgess Everett (@burgessev) February 9, 2018
Last 3 hours, bunch of Rs reaching out unsolicited to echo that sense of disgust — wishing they hadn’t stayed on the Hill to see this day, ashamed they look so nakedly hypocritical, wondering what their party even stands for anymore.
— Tim Alberta (@TimAlberta) February 9, 2018
If only we'd seen Republicans blow up the deficit repeatedly and pay a huge political price for it … this hypocrisy would actually be surprising. But they didn't and it's not https://t.co/tMpfhywvhs
— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) February 8, 2018