Why Sen. Toomey and Not Sens. Coburn or Paul?


On Wednesday, Senator Mitch McConnell announced his selection for the three Republican Senators to serve on the debt cutting supercommittee. Among his selections was freshman Senator Pat Toomey from PA.

Toomey is considered to the de facto Tea Party representative on the supercommittee that has the task of trying to find more than $1T to cut from the federal deficit. However, he is already speaking of the need to work in a bipartisan manner, so one has to wonder to whom is he more loyal to: the Tea Party, McConnell’s gutless group or general bipartisan compromise?

But I can’t help asking why did McConnell pick Toomey to be the lone Tea Party member and not Tom Coburn from Oklahoma or Rand Paul from McConnell’s home state of Kentucky?

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During the debt ceiling debacle in Washington, both of these senators proposed a number of ways to cut federal spending and force the government to be fiscally responsible. However, none of the proposals put forth by either Senator were made part of the pseudo legislation that was eventually passed by both the House and the Senate.

Both of these senators saw the debt bill as a sham and voted against it because they knew it was gutless and accomplished virtually nothing.

Is this the reason Sen. McConnell did not select either man because they did not vote with him on the bogus debt bill or is it because they have a list of effective budget cuts that McConnell does not want to entertain?

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