All of the talk inside the beltway here in Washington is about the winners and losers in the fiscal cliff talks. There’s talk about how Speaker Boehner can’t keep his caucus together and how Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell caved on tax hikes.
And while all of that is true, let’s get down to the real problem for the Republican Party (and this goes for all politicians). The GOP is divided between those who are voting based on principle and those who are voting based on politics.
Let’s face it: Boehner, McConnell, and many within the GOP voted for the abysmal fiscal cliff because they knew that if they didn’t strike a deal with the president, the politics would be bad. Polls showed that a majority of Americans would have blamed Republicans for the lack of a deal. So they cut a deal, no matter how bad it was going to be for them.
Meanwhile, the Tea Party true blue constitutional conservatives voted their principles, politics be “you know what.”
Is there a time to make a deal? Yes. But is there ever a time to sell out your principles just to keep your job? I don’t think so. Yet it happens all the time.