Tom Price is Right
The conservative vanguard at the Republican Study Committee blasted out a statement announcing that Rep. Tom Price (R-Georgia) had officially taken the helm. No surprise—he’d been elected in November. But it’s worth remembering that Rep. John Campbell (R-California), a certified public accountant from Orange County, was the front-runner to be the next RSC chairman until he cast a dastardly “yes” vote for the Wall Street bail-out.
It’s worth reading or re-reading Eve Fairbanks’s great piece on the ideological conviction of the new Republican conference for some perspective on how much career damage Campbell did with that vote. And on the other side of the coin, David Freddoso reports that Rep. Jeff Flake’s (R-Ariz.) too-far pushing against earmarks have made him realize that the Government Reform and Oversight Committee, not the Appropriations Committee, is as high as he can soar right now.