Monday, March 11, 2013
Portman checking with Tea Party on matters of state
"I don't agree with everything he does," Littleton told Hallett, "but I'm pleased with his approach to every problem" Read: When Tea Partyers say nice things about somebody, he's their guy.
Portman, a Republican once known as a harmless right-leaning centrist, has been drawing renewed attention since his bid to be Mitt Romney's running mate came up empty. (Maybe the Mitties thought he was a tad too dull despite his credentials as a senator from a battleground state. Or maybe they were skittish about his work as George W. Bush's budget director and let's not go into that.)
Since then, Portman has emerged as anything but the middle-of-the roader that he promised to be when he ran for the Senate. He has joined the GOP goon squad filibustering President Obama's nomination of a highly qualified woman - Xenia native Caitlin Halligan - to the appellate court of the District of Columbia because, um...she's a "judicial activist".(When Republicans can't find anything scarier to say about a judicial nominee, they put their pennies into the machine and out pops "judicial activist".)
Oh, Portman has also walked away from fellow Ohioan Richard Cordray, opposing Cordray's recess appointment as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau because he doesn't like the Bureau's consumer mission.
I've written about Portman's developing taste for right-wing issues several times merely to call attention to his dual brand as a moderate and now a Teabagger. Hallett mentions that Portman could be shoring up his credits with the Republican wild side to run for president in 2016. We can hope.