Waldo Jaquith documents the local TPers latest hissy fit over their congressman, first that he's not working hard enough to cut government spending (yeah, good luck with that, guys) and second and more humorously, they're not being treated deferentially enough:
“When we did this at [Rep. Tom] Perriello’s office, he always had a representative to come down and listen to us,” said Don Woodsmall. “And no Hurt representative down here today? I’ve got to tell you, I’m severely disappointed.”
note: The quote is from the Daily Progress article; find it via Mr. Jaquith's post, 'cause I'm not linking to that rag's website until I make sure my malware checker's up to date.
It's fair to say I'm no big fan of Hurt, and I've yet to see him in an unscripted moment (including his congressional debates) which made me wonder if he fully grasped even the basic tenets of the issue being discussed, but if this was an actual snub and not just mere incompetence, then he's just done the first thing I can fully support.
Because what has the Tea Party done to deserve this sense of entitlement? And more importantly, what could they do if Hurt tells them to go cram it with walnuts? Are they going to vote Democratic? Yeah, right. Are they going to mount a successful primary challenge? Let's see them try to break double digits first. Is someone going to step up and make a third-party run? My sides, they split.
So why shouldn't Hurt just treat TPers like useful idiots? He's going to vote for a compromise if that's what Boehner cries for, period. If that causes them to petulantly sit out the next election with a collective pout and thumb up its ass, well, who knows what shape the district will take in 2 years?