Perhaps Nunnelee calculated that going over the fiscal cliff would arise public outrage to such a point that the President and Democrats would be forced to make the sweeping cuts he favors. Of course, another possibility is that going into the abyss would expose those who voted against the legislation as being indifferent to the people they are supposed to serve.
In either event, an attempt to leverage the people’s pain to gain a political advantage is deplorable. But Nunnelee will have it his way or somebody will have to pay, presumably the average taxpayer.
He is like a man standing in his living room as the flood waters rise around him, insisting that he will not move until somebody builds a levee.
It’s not a smart move and it is certainly not an honorable move, regardless of the platitudes Nunnelee will certainly spout in his own defense.
EDITOR’S NOTE: In the original version of this column, it was stated that Nunnelee used a private jet to travel back and forth to Washington from his district. All of Nunnelee’s air travel is confined to commercial flights. We regret the error and apologize to Mr. Nunnelee.
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