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Saturday, December 3, 2016

House Republicans Have Nothing To Lose But Primaries

House Republicans have rejected a plan floated by Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) to just approve the middle-class tax cuts and go home. For a House Majority that’s gerrymandered into job security until at least 2022, there’s only one fear: a primary challenge. Groups like Grover Norquist’s Americans For Tax Reform and the Club for Growth haven’t given anyone the okay to vote for any bill that doesn’t include continuing the Bush tax breaks for the rich. And they likely won’t. With Senator Mitch McConnell so in fear of a primary challenge that he hired Ron Paul’s former campaign manager to head up his re-election bid, you can bet that House Republicans are doing whatever they can to stay to the right of anyone who might oppose them.

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