Congress

Report: GOP Moderates Might Oust Their Chairman

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Members of the so-called Tuesday Group of moderate House Republicans are reportedly very angry at co-chairman Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) and, if this account is accurate, they should be angry. I'm pissed off and I'm not even one of them.

Members of the group say MacArthur went behind their backs and negotiated with the Freedumb Caucus to move Trumpcare forward.

During a recent closed-door meeting, Tuesday Group lawmakers warned MacArthur not to negotiate with Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) amid an impasse over the health bill; they were worried moderates would be blamed if a deal brought conservative holdouts on board the bill.

But MacArthur pressed forward anyway and cut a deal with Meadows, although he said he was only negotiating for himself and not the larger Tuesday Group.

What members of the group feared is exactly what has happened. Pressure has now been placed on moderates as each faction of the GOP squabbles over who is most at fault for their dysfunction.

But there's more at stake here than that, and that's why it pisses me off.

Moderate Republicans didn't want him to cut any deals with the Freedumb Caucus because Trumpcare is terrible. They don't want Trumpcare to survive. They want it to die so they don't have to touch it. It's bad policy and bad politics. And MacArthur, in his wisdom, cut a deal that makes Trumpcare even worse by eliminating guaranteed coverage for pre-existing conditions.

In the grand scheme of things, Trumpcare is likely to die in the Senate even if it passes out of the House, and Democrats will have an opportunity to relentlessly hit House Republicans who voted for it, but I'd rather not see it even go that far. That's too close for comfort for me.

One thing is for certain, Rep. Tom MacArthur is a selfish asshole who has placed his personal ambition ahead of the health of millions and the whole economy.

  • ninjaf

    Well, the rest of the moderates can make a principled stand together and state clearly that this bill is a shit show and why and maybe bring some common sense back to their party. Or, they can just fall in line. The smart money is on the latter, because that is what Republicans do: fall in line. If they do the former, than I will get a glimmer of hope for the Republican party to come back to their senses as a party. Because it is going to take principled moderates taking a stand and winning in their districts from this party to come back. Otherwise, they will continue their death spiral.

  • Michael B. Conway

    Trumpcare aka Leave it to the States aka State’s Rights aka The Confederate States of America.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Rep. Tom MacArthur is a selfish asshole who has placed his personal ambition ahead of the health of millions and the whole economy.

    Well, sure. That just goes with the (R) after his name.

  • Aynwrong

    Unreal. If God forbid these venal fools push this through the House and it does manage to become law the only sliver of hope is that it will affect so many people directly in their lives that it’s enough to hand at least one body of Congress back to the D’s. That said, this simply shouldn’t happen. Think of people in the position that Jimmy Kimmel and his family were/are in only without the benefit of being a wealthy entertainer. This simply shouldn’t happen.

    That there are conservatives who are angry with Kimmel because he spoke out tells all one needs to know about the current state of the GOP.

    Kimmel deserves all the credit in the world for speaking out the way he did.

    • Christopher Foxx

      the only sliver of hope is that it will affect so many people directly in their lives that it’s enough to hand at least one body of Congress back to the D’s.

      I see that silver lining there. But, not being a Republican, I’m not willing to condemn millions to loss of medical care just so we can control of part of Congress. (And I don’t think we’ll need to. The way things are going, unless the Dems pull another 2014 and run away from their victories, the Republicans will be *very* vulnerable.)

      • Aynwrong

        Agreed.

    • Conservatives’ (including the White House) disingenuous, lying responses to Kimmel about how they care about his son and that Trumpcare would improve health care in America infuriates me no end.

  • Scopedog


    One thing is for certain, Rep. Tom MacArthur is a selfish asshole who has placed his personal ambition ahead of the health of millions and the whole economy.

    The problem is he’s just one selfish asshole in a party that is full of them.

    • Kitty Smith

      Yeah, that’s kind of a selling point.

  • muselet

    This is not the way a responsible political party behaves.

    –alopecia

    • Scopedog

      The GOP stopped being a responsible party when they embraced Newt Gingrich’s “revolution” in the early 1990s. It’s been downhill ever since.