FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
Tom Cole: The New John McCain of the House
Dear residents of southwest Oklahoma,
There is only one liberal left in your district (OK-4- PVI=R+18), and he happens to be your representative in Congress. His name is Tom Cole. Maybe you should elect someone next year who will represent the heartland and challenge the status quo instead of serving as a conduit for the left to attack conservatives.
Tom Cole, like most of the appropriators in Congress has always been a big spending pale-pastel politician who never saw an opportunity to grow government that didn’t strike his fancy. However, he usually kept those sentiments to himself, suffice to merely use his vote to grow government. Now, as Roll Call reports, Cole is on a mission to spread his big government views to the rest of the conference:
Rep. Tom Cole has firmly staked out a position as a foil to conservative hard-liners in the GOP conference, using the media’s megaphone to push back against Republicans who want to hold a firmer line in spending battles with President Barack Obama.
In recent weeks, he’s compared the GOP’s right flank to the drunk uncle of a dysfunctional family, suggested Republican critics of the Violence Against Women Act were racist, and singed the tactics of Speaker John A. Boehner’s detractors as “amateur night at the Bijou.”
In the interview, he said he was on a mission to fight “political immaturity” within the ranks of the right. His candor is quite illuminating. I couldn’t have coined a better term myself. It is this very “political maturity” that is destroying our Republic.
In recent years, well over half the Republicans elected to Congress have entered with a fresh “immature” perspective that the answers to our policy problems are not found in Washington. They intuitively understand that many problems need to be solved on a state level, others need to be dealt with in the private sector, and still others aren’t problems at all. Yet, after several years (or even a few months), most members rapidly mature and begin advocating Democrat-lite policies. Tom Cole is one of those members who never needed time to mature. He fit right into the cesspool from day one.
It is this very form of political maturity that has engendered our cradle to grave government-run-all society, higher cost of living, lower incomes, and fewer jobs. All we have to show for it is $16.7 trillion in debt and over $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities.
As residents of conservative southwest Oklahoma, I’m sure you can find someone who is not schooled in the political maturity of Washington to replace this paragon of statesmanship.
Cross-posted from The Madison Project