HOUSE GOP REIGN OF POWER IS BUMBY. Of course there would be some growing pains but this? First, Reps. Mike Fitzpatrick and Pete Sessions decided to take the oath in front of a TV instead of on the House floor. Now, ethics watchdogs are filing complaints.Â Were they at a fundraiser in the U.S. Capitol at the time? That was the first day of Congress for the House GOP.Â Today’s NYT? House GOP Deals With Turmoil in Their Ranks read here
Weeks before that happened, new GOP firebrand and Tea Party darling Rep. Allen West, who will deliver the keynote address to the CPAC Convention, pointed out how lite the House schedule was.Â West told the press and anyone else would listen that the Congress should be in more working on the things the American people wanted.Â The schedule, of course, was crafted by Eric Cantor and the GOP leadership with 11 weeks removed as compared to the 2010 schedule.Â The moment prompted GOP Rep Rob Bishop to slapdown West’s argument in a 1,200 word “open letter.” Smooth.
And now Rep. Chris Smith has resigned in the space of five hours.Â And now there is another sex related story in The National Enquirer on Speaker Boehner read right here that they claim the New York Times is working on. What else can happen?Â This info was followed by an unexpected loss on the House floor for an extension on the Patriot Act and yet another lost vote yesterday regarding the United Nations.Â Things started badly for the reign of Speaker John Boehner when Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot days after the first day of the 112th Congress. That incident was of course beyond his control but started a run of bad luck that continues to this day.Â What next?