Joe Gerth writes for the Louisville Courier Journal that watching Thomas Massie is "going to be interesting". And though I'm sure Joe knows exactly what he was saying, I'm not sure the Tea Partiers which Joe says "are more than abundant" in the fourth district know exactly what he was saying.
Recent reports from The Hill have exposed what is now being understood as a "loosely organized" coup attempt to oust John Boehner from the speaker's chair. One of the leaders of that confused effort was Justin Amash. You will recall that Ron Paul, Rand Paul and Thomas Massie have all pointed to Amash as their kind of guy. He is clearly a Paulite.
In fact, Massie gave Amash the only vote he got for Boehner's seat. But there is a reason for that. Apparently the plan was to give votes to a variety of people in order to conceal who was really behind the goofy coup attempt. But, and this is important, the plan was to derail Boehner on TV rather than gather votes in a caucus meeting in private.
And that's what Gerth has unearthed, the truth about these Ron Paul groupies. As Joe Gerth observed about Massie, he voted against the Fiscal Cliff legislation, against Hurricane Sandy Relief and has now proposed to eliminate federal requirements that no one may bring a gun into a school.
All three are the things that tea partiers, who are more than abundant in his district that runs from Oldham County, along the Ohio River, to Ashland, absolutely love.
But those same positions drive liberals, moderates and even some conservatives absolutely crazy.Failure to pass fiscal cliff legislation would have caused major economic upheaval world-wide. Experts warned that the layoffs that would have taken place because of $1.3 billion in automatic, across the board spending cuts that could have thrown the U.S. into a second recession had a compromise not been reached.
Massie didn’t issue a statement on his vote against Hurricane relief but some tea partiers have said they opposed the measure because it had a small amount of pork and because the cost of it was not offset by $9.7 billion worth of spending cuts.
Let’s hope that the 4th and 6th Districts aren’t struck by natural disasters anytime soon, because legislators in the Northeast, both Republican and Democrat, aren’t at all pleased by what they consider a lack of empathy from their colleagues.
So in other words Massie has been on the losing side of his first three votes of the new Congress and has filed a controversial bill regarding federal rules on guns in schools. What does this accomplish? Gerth nailed it. Massie's game plan is to become "interesting to watch".
It's obvious what the Ron Paul school of success in politics has taught his loyal students: Media attention and millions of dollars go hand in hand.