I willing to bet some of them are going to live to regret scuttling the Obamacare replacement, as imperfect as it was.
Republican leaders and rank-and-file members have been grappling with how to handle the House Freedom Caucus since most of them came to Washington in 2010’s Tea Party wave. Now that they have defied President Trump, they’re hoping he can finally make them fall into line, the Washington Examiner reported.
“When he tweets things like he did … it gives me cover to echo that,” Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., told the Washington Examiner about Trump’s jabs at the House Freedom Caucus via Twitter.
“The Republican House Freedom Caucus was able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory,” Trump tweeted Monday night, three days after enough of its members refused to back the healthcare bill crafted by Trump and House GOP leaders that they had to pull it from the floor. “After so many bad years they were ready for a win!”
As Washington oddsmakers are calculating the lines on the Freedom Caucus’ fate, many on Capitol Hill are placing their bets that more will follow the lead of Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, and leave the group.