After weeks of obnoxiously promoting his support for a taxpayer-funded automaker bailout, Rep. Thad McCotter (R-Mich.) voted for the bill last night. Erick has already explained why McCotter is just plain wrong and Michelle Malkin points out the hypocrisy, but I want to take it a step further.
McCotter was reelected chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee last month. Why is the No. 4 ranking Republican serving as the leading crusader for the automaker bailout? Does this not send the wrong message for a party trying to get back to the principles of limited government and fiscal responsibility?
For the past several weeks, McCotter has aggressively campaigned for the bailout’s passage — even launching an online petition on his congressional website. As a Detroit native and Michigan congressman, it’s not surprising that he feels an affinity for the Big Three.
But when McCotter was elected Republican Policy Chairman, he became more than just your average congressman. He’s a member of the Republican leadership — and his actions are more meaningful than most other members. If he strays on important votes, it becomes much harder the GOP whip operation to impose discipline on other members.
If this vote is a sign of things to come, Republican Leader John Boehner is in for a rocky road in the 111th Congress. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.