'The 'radical tactic' that has GOP clamoring to replace its ranks

'The 'radical tactic' that has GOP clamoring to replace its ranks

No one will mistake Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colorado), a member of the House Freedom Caucus and the Tea Party, for a liberal or a progressive. But even though he is hard-right ideologically, Buck has drawn the wrath of MAGA Republicans by opposing Speaker Kevin McCarthy's (R-California) push for an impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden and arguing that Republicans simply don't have enough evidence.

In an opinion column published on September 14, MSNBC's Steve Benen emphasizes that Buck's clash with other House Republicans speaks to a broader problem within the GOP.

Like Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-Texas), Benen observes, Buck has infuriated the far right by doing something "reasonable" — and has fallen prey to the same "radical tactic."

POLL: Should Trump be allowed to hold office again?

Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia), Benen notes, wants Buck kicked out of the House Judiciary Committee. And similarly, far-right Republicans hope to "oust" Gonzales via a GOP congressional primary in 2024 because he has "broken ranks on a handful of key issues."

"It's a radical tactic, though there is a degree of logic to it: Gonzales, who represents one of Texas' more competitive congressional districts, is not one of the House Republican conference's more right-wing members," Benen argues. "It stands to reason that (Gonzales') extremist colleagues would grow exasperated by his occasional reasonableness. On the party's ideological spectrum, however, Rep. Ken Buck is nowhere near Gonzales."

Benen continues, "On the contrary, the Colorado Republican, nearly a decade into his congressional career, has earned a reputation as one of Congress' most far-right members. But it appears that the congressman's record as an unyielding conservative isn't quite good enough for some of his colleagues."

READ MORE: 'I’ve said it’s over': Judge cautions Chesebro lawyer over rant about 'PowerPoint' and 'personal attacks'

Read Steve Benen's full MSNBC column at this link.

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}
@2023 - AlterNet Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. - "Poynter" fonts provided by fontsempire.com.