House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Illinois, and Acting Majority Leader Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, were buoyant -- if exhausted -- after sweating out a big victory on the budget cut bill.
After all, they had just salvaged -- at least for the moment -- a major pillar of their agenda despite divisions within the party and nervousness among moderates that the vote could cost them in next year's elections.
The bill, passed 217-215 after a 25-minute-long roll call, makes modest but politically painful cuts across an array of programs for the poor, students and farmers.
I’m all for small budgets and small government, but are bridges in Alaska a higher priority that the poor, students and farmers? Nevermind that I probably wouldn’t support those programs anyway; our Congressional leaders have a serious integrity problem.
Hat Tip RedState.org