John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are still slapping high fives over the big Republican win on November 2, and talking about ‘ousting’ the White House czar, Barack Obama. But how will they deal with the Tea Party candidates who were elected?
Huffington Post Senior Politics Editor Howard Fineman appeared on MSNBC’s Hardball with host Christ Matthews to talk about infighting between newly-elected tea party candidates and mainstream Republicans. (read Howard Fineman on Republican ‘Infighting’ With Tea Partiers)
But Fineman gave an example of newly elected Senator, Rand Paul of Kentucky. Paul recently told ABC’s This Week host, Christiane Amanpour that he plans to vote against raising the federal government’s debt ceiling, but acknowledged that he will lose the fight (source).
Fineman: I was amazed that Dr. Rand Paul, who’s this supposed neophyte, who’s coming from the wilds of Kentucky up here, unschooled in the ways of Washington, has already figured out the game…he’s going to vote for it secure in the knowledge that most other people won’t be crazy enough to vote for it.