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December 13, 2012 12:34 PM It’s Not Your Ideology: It’s Your A-Holery

By Ed Kilgore

Speaking of hilarious media accounts, today’s Politico has a piece by Jonathan Allen reporting that House Republican leaders are trying to tamp down rapidly spreading right-wing fury over a “purge” of three conservatives from choice committee assignments by letting it be known that they were punished not for their ideology but for being “a—holes.” Yes, that’s the official term deployed by a spox for Rep. Lynn Westmoreland in explaining the punitive actions. An unnamed source in House circles called the three (Reps. Amash, Huelskamp and Schweikert) the “most egregious a—holes in the House Republican Conference,” so this is a very precise message they are getting out.

I wouldn’t have thought a-holery was against House GOP rules or mores, but maybe there are limits, even in that community. Perhaps they said hurtful things about Speaker Boehner that made him cry.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • J on December 13, 2012 12:43 PM:

    That's supposed to make conservatives feel better? How many of them aren't a--les?

  • Gandalf on December 13, 2012 12:54 PM:

    Boy there's a clear case of the pot calling the kettle black.

  • c u n d gulag on December 13, 2012 1:04 PM:

    Jeez, they must really have been egregious @$$holes, because all I see is 200 some-odd dwarves, and not a single Snow White in sight.

  • schtick on December 13, 2012 1:10 PM:

    I thought being an a-hole was a feature for the teapubs. Just like lying.

  • stevio on December 13, 2012 1:25 PM:

    In the spirit of the season I think we need to be "kinder and genteler..."

    For these three to be picked-out of a rotting barrel of apples as being really rotten reminds one of that line from Casablanca:

    "What gambling at Rick's? I'm shocked!

  • Memekiller on December 13, 2012 1:30 PM:

    A-holery is their ideology.

  • RT on December 13, 2012 1:41 PM:

    They were branded a-holes because they were pissing in the tent, not out of it like they're supposed to.

  • mmm on December 13, 2012 1:47 PM:

    What's with the anal fixation of Republicans.... poopy head, a-holes...?

  • Rick B on December 13, 2012 1:57 PM:

    There has to be some other more egregious reason for punishing those three.

    I have no faith in the ability of any conservative Republican to even recognize a-holery when they face it in the wild. The process of recognizing true a-holery among Republicans is like fish recognizing water.

  • debg on December 13, 2012 2:11 PM:

    I've been in a town hall with Huelskamp (please cry with me over living in KS). He's an a-hole about some things, from my experience: don't disagree with him, for Pete's sake! But on others, he's kind of well-meaning. He's a true believer in TP principles. So he's more stupid than a-holish, from what I've seen. Not that that's any consolation.

  • MuddyLee on December 13, 2012 4:59 PM:

    It IS sad to have elected officials who are tea party true believers - and even sadder when they attract a lot of followers. DEBG, please cry for me living here in South Carolina - but at least I'm close to the NC border.

  • RepublicanPointOfView on December 13, 2012 5:23 PM:

    I strongly suspect that these 3 congress critters are really disguised and closeted Kenyan, Muslim, socialist, and jesus hating! The orange man is just preempting their liberal ways from ruining his plans.

  • HMDK on December 14, 2012 3:33 AM:

    So they're getting kicked out for meeting the requirement that got them in?