As the nation burns, Republicans did the opposite of what they were elected for
- The GOP wasted two years of control of the House by doing nothing. Now they have a proven record of increasing taxes, debt and spending.
- Next comes the debt ceiling debate.
Judge Napolitano didn’t mince words as he reacted to the vote on Fox and Friends, saying that Republicans “caved”, an action that is “churning the acid in the stomach for a lot of us this morning who believe Republicans were elected to shrink government, reduce spending, stop borrowing and lower taxes.”
Republicans in Congress who took the politically risky step of voting to raise taxes now find themselves trying to fend off potential primary challenges next year from angry conservatives.
The lawmakers wasted little time in attempting to deliver an explanation that would be acceptable to the tea party and the GOP's right flank and insulate themselves from a re-election battle against a fellow Republican. They've started defending last week's vote as one that preserves tax cuts for most Americans, while also promising to fight for spending cuts in upcoming debates over raising the nation's borrowing limit.
"In the end, he ensured that over 99 percent of Kentuckians will not pay higher income taxes," Mitch McConnell's campaign wrote in an email message to Kentucky voters the day after the Senate Republican leader supported the measure.
It was the first time in two decades that a significant number of Republicans voted for a tax increase: 33 senators and 85 representatives, who broke with the House GOP majority to support the bill that averted the "fiscal cliff" but raised taxes on upper incomes.
Amy Kremer, chairman of the Tea Party Express, put it this way: "It's not too early to be looking at 2014. I think there are going to be a lot of primary challenges. People are fed up."