Rehberg’s latest move is so nutso in fact, that the Wall Street Journal has published a scathing editorial slamming Rehberg and House republicans for “thoroughly botching” the payroll tax cut.
The editorial assigns particular culpability to TEA Party Rehblicans like Rehberg who, along with his fellow foamers, are blocking the bipartisan compromise to extend the tax cut. This after 39 Repubs in the Senate joined the Dems in passing the tax cut in an overwhelmingly bipartisan 89-10 vote. After all, the proposal contained plenty of Republican provisions–like a pay increase for doctors. But because Rehberg and his Tea Party crew knew the bipartisan compromise would gather enough support to pass the House, they used some archaic Congressional rules kill the bill without taking a simple up or down vote. Their ranting and temper tantrums resulted in Rehberg and friends forcing a $1,000 tax hike on the average Montana family beginning January 1st, according to the DSCC.