Peter King appeared on “Imus in the Morning” (albeit with Imus, so it was not the usual insult-fest) and gave a forceful defense of House Speaker John Boehner, and blasted those Tea Partiers who urged the House to reject the deal to extend the payroll tax cut pushed by the Senate and President Obama.
“I think they were just caught up in the fervor of doing what they thought was right,” Mr. King said, but he added that they had a knack for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
“This was initially a victory for the Republicans. President Obama gave in on the millionaire’s surtax. He gave in on the Keystone Pipeline. But we had people in our party who didn’t know when to accept victory and they really drove us to the edge.
“This was unnecessary wounds, self-inflicted wounds over the last four days,” he said.
Congressman King recalled being in the famous meeting of House Republicans where they compared themselves to Mel Gibson in “Braveheart,” and said they should all be sure to watch another Gibson vehicle–Gallipoli, in which the heroes charge in on a battle they think is just only to get slaughtered.
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