The Tuesday Group, a moderate-Republican caucus long ignored within the House GOP, is quietly starting to fight back against the conference’s right turn.In fact, it's so quiet that you basically can't hear them at all. Apparently, there are supposed be 30 or 40 members of The Tuesday Group, but the National Review must have a pretty weird definition of "fight back" because you'd never know it from the evidence they provide.
Their first example is of Rep. Steve Womack from Arkansas complaining to Eric Cantor about how the Heritage Foundation is attacking some Republicans for being insufficiently pure. And their second example is of Rep. Charlie Dent from Pennsylvania, who publicly criticized Republicans for holding this week's abortion ban vote.
If this is what counts as moderates fighting back ... then the GOP is every bit as nutty as we think it is. In the case of Womack, he was complaining about an external group—nothing inside the House Republican Conference. And in the case of Dent, he did complain about the vote, and he did vote against it—but he was one of only six Republicans to do so, and some of those six voted no because they opposed the rape exception. So much for 30 to 40 members, right?
And that leads me to my favorite line from the article:
One GOP aide explained to me, “I wish the Tuesday Group wer more active. It would help fight the caricature that we are all a bunch of right-wing nutjobs.”Except there's a reason it's not more active. It's because they are a bunch of right-wing nutjobs.