The National Republican Congressional Committee is slamming Democrat congressional candidate John Oceguera in a TV ad this week for voting for the “largest tax hikes” in Nevada history, saying that’s a bad thing.
But the problem is a significant number of Republicans voted for those tax hikes, too! Was it a bad thing for them to vote for higher taxes? And if so, is it a bad thing for grassroots activists to say it’s a bad thing for Republicans to vote for higher taxes?
Seriously, how can Republican leaders and organizations and candidates slam Democrats for voting for tax hikes that so many Republicans themselves voted for without looking like major league hypocrites? I mean, if it was wrong for Democrats to vote for higher taxes, then it was wrong for Republicans to do it, too.
Maybe the tea partiers and Ron Paulers are right to be imposing a little party discipline on the Gumby Republicans?
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
“If the parties would brand themselves, the way Coke and Pepsi and other products do, so that you knew what you were getting when you vote Republican, then Republicans who vote for a tax increases are rat heads in a Coke bottle. They damage the brand for everyone else.” – Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform and “father” of the Tax Pledge