He uses high-profile Congressman Joe Walsh’s small victory margin in low-turnout elections to make the point that if people don’t like what D.C. politicians are saying, they should blame those who didn’t vote.
“One of the most vocal tea party-centric freshmen is Joe Walsh, who represents the eighth district of Illinois,” Rothstein writes.
“Walsh has been in the news lately for calling President Obama a liar when he says the government won’t be able to pay its bills after August 3 without a debt ceiling increase. In that, Walsh is speaking for most House GOP freshmen who are also debt-ceiling deniers.”
Pretty easy to figure out that Rothstein is on the side of the Big Spenders.
He argues when Walsh or pretty much any Washington politician argues he is “‘doing what the majority of those he represents’ wants him to do,” it is a pretty thin mandate, given the low turnout of voters.
Fair point, I guess.
But winners get to set political agendas.
And Walsh won.
That he is not being your timid first-term back bencher may be irritating the hell out of the Beltway crowd.
That doesn’t bother me.