I’ve been calling around talking to friends this morning in Washington. I’ve talked to people in eleven different offices. They all tell me the same thing. Constituents are burning up phone lines mad as hell at their conservative congressmen today.
It is even reflected in the comments on the Facebook page of the House Freedom Caucus.
No, no. They are not mad at the recalcitrance of the conservative congressmen. They are mad that the congressman have dared to support Paul Ryan for Speaker.
I don’t think a lot of folks sympathetic to leadership in Washington understand this. They have started talking about the “entertainment wing” of the GOP and how conservative groups are fundraising off of all of this.
That is both not true and a profound misunderstanding of what is going on. Conservative groups could not raise money to fight these fights if there were not some already pissed off voters. Conservatives who are allegedly just entertaining could not get an audience without the audience already being pissed off.
These conservative groups that get routinely attacked now by a bunch of people playing to the egos of Washington and making crap tons of money from K Street may be leading, but the angry mob already existed. They just were not organized till now.
That’s why the condescending crowd in Washington continues to be in for rude awakenings. They have both misunderstood and underestimated just how pissed off people are who do not hang out at Johnny’s Half Shell telling each other how awesome they are.
Constituents are burning up the phone lines today in conservative offices on Capitol Hill. They are mad at the conservatives on Capitol Hill not for standing up to Paul Ryan, but for a perception that they have cut a deal with Paul Ryan.