Saturday, February 16, 2013
Meet the "moderate" Rob Portman
Oh. That Rob Portman? Right.
I know it's hard to keep track of him unless you're a political junkie. As an un-showy Mr. Plain, he prefers to remain below the radar. Ohio's doting newspapers seldom report his votes on major issues, which is doubtless why even the national media have described him as a political moderate, or a "center-rightest''. All of which gives the senator cover to act while he's still locked in to his days as a congressman representing his conservative district in Southwestern Ohio.
Whether it's gun control, abortion rights, a constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage and a host of other way-over issues, you'll find him voting with the extreme right. Just this week he voted to hold up Chuck Hagel's nomination. Portman says he wants more facts on Benghazi. That, of course, joins the Republican fishing expedition that merely delays an up-or-down vote.
Moderate? Centrist, when the Party of No needs to pull away from the fringe? Show me.