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Cap-and-Tax 8 Watch: Dave Reichert's rationalization

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By Michelle Malkin  •  July 2, 2009 03:58 PM


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I’m hearing from many old friends and readers that GOP Rep. Dave Reichert in Washington state is in hot water over his cap-and-tax vote.

KVI talk show host and GOP activist Kirby Wilbur says the vote was “make or break” for grass-roots conservatives in the 8th district. Party precinct officers, donors, and volunteers have been flooding phone lines in opposition to Reichert’s vote. Washington state conservatives on Facebook bombarded Wilbur’s page with hundreds and hundreds of comments after last Friday’s vote.

GOP party leaders have tried to quell the revolt, but are only digging themselves a deeper hole. Kirby told me he received a solicitation from the NRCC signed by John Boehner asking GOP activists for money to fight Democrats who voted for cap-and-tax.

Insert bitter laughter here.

At the same time the NRCC excoriates Democrats for the cap-and-tax vote, it continues to support, defend, and raise money for Republicans who voted the same way.

KTTH talk show host David Boze has audio of Reichert’s rationalization here. The word “delusional” comes to mind:

Heritage Foundation, and Wall Street Journal were predicting. He argued that it would cost around $.48 per day and that we would have better national security, more nuclear, coal and refining capabilities, and a cleaner environment with the bill. He argued that the conservative arguments against were mistaken, and that Washington specifically would be better off even though the bill was imperfect.

Not that he bothered to read it all before he determined that, of course…

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