GOP Senator Confirms It: Obama is right about politicized GOP opposition “just because the president wanted to do it.”
(Washington Post) - President Obama is getting widely mocked by commentators and Republicans for using the phrase “permission structure” at his presser yesterday in the course of claiming that Republican officials are constrained from cooperating with him because their base would see it as a “betrayal.”
So it’s good to have a Republican Senator on record confirming that Obama is right about this.
I’m talking about Pat Toomey. The Senator from Pennsylvania didn’t directly address Obama’s remarks, but something he said in another context perfectly confirms the President’s diagnosis of the GOP.
Via Amanda Terkel, Toomey admitted in an interview that expanded background checks went down to defeat because Republicans opposed the bill out of a desire to deny the president a victory. Here’s what Toomey said, according to a write-up in the Times Herald:
“In the end it didn’t pass because we’re so politicized. There were some on my side who did not want to be seen helping the president do something he wanted to get done, just because the president wanted to do it,” Toomey said.
That’s pretty significant. But Toomey’s subsequent effort to walk this back is in some ways even more so:
In subsequent comments, he tried to walk that remark part-way back by noting he meant to say Republicans across the nation in general, not just those in the Senate. “The toughest thing to do in politics is to do the right thing when your supporters think the right thing is something else,” Toomey said.
According to Toomey, what doomed Manchin-Toomey is that Repulicans across the country opposed it only because the president supported it.
This is pretty obvious to anyone paying attention, but it’s nice to have a republican on record saying so.
It’s also nice to know that these people evidently don’t give a fuck about American citizens and would rather play games more suited to middle school students.