Jason noted this the other day, but for those of us playing along at home, it is important to keep in mind that so far the Speaker has chosen to punish members of the 216 Group.

Why is that important? Because these are the conservative ideas guys in the House. A lot of the House guys are party line guys who advance legislation near and dear to them, but aren’t really bold ideas guys. The Speaker has tried to pose as one of these guys — going so far as to get Art Laffer to come up with a tax plan. But, the small mindedness and vain shallowness of the Speaker has given up the lie that he is not a big thinker with bold ideas. He’s a party hack who wants some measure of loyalty.

In the minority the Speaker campaigned against the abuses of the majority and has now become that which he campaigned against.


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