The budget deal that emerged this week was crafted to win support of Democrats and Republicans alike, and that’s simply a bridge too far for one tea party congressman.
“This bill is not designed to get our vote,” Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) said Wednesday at a meeting hosted by the Heritage Foundation. “This bill is designed to pass with bipartisan support in the House.”
Heritage Action, the powerful political arm of the Heritage Foundation, came out against the budget and right-wing firebrand Brent Bozell predicted that the budget will cause the GOP’s conservative base to “stampede away from a party that has lost its principles and bearings.”
Mulvaney’s comments encapsulate the spirit of a movement typified by ideological rigidity more than compromise. A poll in September found 71 percent of tea party Republicans preferred lawmakers to stand by their principles even at the risk of a government shutdown.