Over the last few years we have seen the rise of a new grifter—the political grifter. And the most important battle being waged today isn’t the one about which party controls the House or the Senate, it’s about who controls the Republican Party: the grifting wing or the governing wing.
I honestly can’t decide if LaTourette is pretending for show or if he honestly believes that this is really still a fight. In reality, the grifters won this tug of war nearly six years ago. There’s no “governing wing” left in the Republican Party, and by way of evidence I give you the least-productive Congress in American history, featuring a Republican-controlled House and a Senate that has been filibustered into irrelevance by both parties, going back to the last two years of the Bush administration. We’re talking about a party whose voters decided that Eric Cantor had been too accommodating to the White House. What sign is there that this is a political party that, at least at the national level, has any interest in governing?
Whatever you may think about the state of the GOP right now, I think we can all agree that the very best part of this piece is that Rep. LaTourette retired from Congress to go join a law firm and help them start up their own lobbying practice. He’s definitely got some keen insights about the pernicious role of money in politics.