In the event anyone gets too carried away with all the talk of “common ground” coming out of the House speaker’s office, the Republican Study Conference, a conservative assemblage that compromises more than two thirds of the party’s caucus, today named a new leader.
“The American people chose the Republican House to serve as the only line of defense against Barack Obama’s liberal agenda,” said newly elected Chairman Steve Scalise of Louisiana, “and the RSC must stand tall as the conservative rudder, steering the House towards more conservative solutions as we work to get our country back on the right track.”
It’s not only the president who is on notice.
“There are going to be times when we disagree with our leadership, but ultimately, we’ve got to work hard to pull our leadership to the right,” Scalise told reporters today, “and to move a conservative agenda forward and unite as conservatives if we’re going to get things done.”
“It’s our job to be the conservative rudder of the conference,” he added. “It always has been, regardless of who is speaker.”
Roxana Tiron contributed.