My question is, what message did House Whip Eric Cantor and Minority Leader John Boehner deliver to the eight Republican strays? If it was anything less than a promise, if they voted “yes,” to:
1. Withhold all future NRCC funds
2. Recruit and massively fund a primary opponent
3. Remove them from any leadership roles they might have
— then GOP leadership’s message wasn’t strong enough. This was a vote that demanded principle and unanimity for a party that claims the mantle of lower taxes and limited government, and once again, it failed.