Tim Mak finds the House Republican freshmen revolting. Against the leadership, that is. He makes two very good points: Freshmen were much more likely to dissent on the budget deal than other Republican members. And the number of freshmen dissents has been growing steadily.
On the other hand, dissenters were a minority of the freshmen (60-27) and freshmen a minority of the dissenters (32-27). My sense from talking to a number of the freshmen for a piece I have in the forthcoming print edition is that the desire to get tougher on spending is there but the willingness to buck leaders they largely trust is still developing. Most of the freshmen I talked to voted for yesterday’s CR, for example, despite giving quotes that made it sound like they wouldn’t accept that kind of spending deal. The conditions for a revolt are certainly there. But the revolt hasn’t happened yet.
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