I recall on rare occasions, my mom might have expressed disappointment and unhappiness with me, as I’m sure your mothers have done so with you, dear readers. And I know that when Mrs. PP gets going, it’s time to stand back.
Imagine that laser-like disappointment and unhappiness now focused on House GOP Leadership over the Farm Bill, as Congresswoman Kristi Noem apparently chewed some major butt with House GOP Leadership, according to this story from politico:
Fallout from the farm bill’s failure is erupting behind closed doors.
Almost a week after Republicans failed to pass the nearly $1 trillion, five-year agricultural package through the House, Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders are feeling the heat from frustrated lawmakers sick of screw-ups.
Republican Reps. Kristi Noem of South Dakota and Kevin Cramer of North Dakota separately stood up at a GOP meeting Wednesday and confronted their leadership about its bumbling legislative strategy and inability to figure out a way forward on the massive legislation, according to multiple sources at the meeting.
Noem, who once served in Republican leadership, took aim squarely at Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). She reminded him that he controls the House floor, and she drilled Cantor hard on his precise plans to mop up the mess, several Republicans who attended the meeting said. Cantor wasn’t able to outline a plan that satisfied Noem, and he blamed Democrats for the bill’s defeat.
Noem — usually a quiet figure in GOP circles — also warned the 61 Republicans who opposed the farm bill after voting for tougher work requirements for food-stamp recipients that she will not be supporting them in the future. Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and other lawmakers were later heard on the floor backing Noem in her heated dispute with Cantor.
Ouch. And I had to chuckle at the part where she “she drilled Cantor hard on his precise plans to mop up the mess.” Because after I screwed up, that’s the first thing my mom would have asked.
And a good lesson for Democrats who might try to paint her as beholding to House Leadership. When they screw up for South Dakota, they’re not immune from hearing about it.