House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. administers the House oath of office to Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., during a mock swearing in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, as the 115th Congress began. (AP Photo/Zach Gibson)

Three Cheers for Congressman Mark Walker

Congressman Mark Walker (R-NC) is coming under fire from Republican members of congress for taking a strong stand against the Republicans’ Obamacare-lite legislation. Congressman Walker chairs the Republican Study Committee (“RSC”) and we need to keep this in mind.

A few years ago, House Republican pukes led a coup in the RSC to oust conservatives from the organization designed for and by conservatives. They were replaced with more moderate Republicans who would give the Republican leadership a pass on its more moderate, squishy, big spending agenda. The House Republicans under John Boehner calculated that since everyone knew the RSC was the conservative group, if they stacked it with moderates, they could claim the RSC supported something and people would think conservatives backed it.

That did not work out so well.

The conservatives bolted the RSC for the most part and formed the House Freedom Caucus. That diluted the membership of the Republican Study Committee and also made it more leadership oriented and squishy friendly. But they elected Congressman Mark Walker as leader this past year and Walker surprised them by turning out to be a solidly conservative, Christian who wears his faith and conservatism on his sleeve. Congressman Walker has come out swinging against the Obamacare-lite plan and House Republicans are ganging up on him. They want to pressure Congressman Walker to buckle, calculating that if they get the RSC to cave, they can get conservatives across the board to start caving on the crap Obamacare-lite legislation.

It’s clear that Walker is under intense pressure and fire within the establishment wing of the caucus and he needs to know conservatives are with him.

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Erick Erickson

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