House Votes to Fund Government; Virginia Delegation Splits

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    A few minutes ago, the US House of Representatives voted to approve the budget compromise hammered out by President Obama, John Boehner, Harry Reid, et al. late last week. The vote tally was 260-167, with Republicans breaking out 179-59, and Democrats voting 81-108. As for the Virginia delegation, it split like this:

    Yea (4 Republicans, 2 Democrats)

    Eric Cantor, Bob Goodlatte, Rob Wittman, Frank Wolf, Gerry Connolly, Jim Moran

    Nay (4 Republicans, 1 Democrat)

    Randy Forbes, Morgan Griffith, Robert Hurt, Scott Rigell, Bobby Scott

    Note that the three freshman Teapublicans – Griffith, Hurt and Rigell – voted “nay,” along with Lionel Spruill’s BFF Randy Forbes. Also note that Frank Wolf voted his district, not his (far-right) ideology, on this one. No, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that voting for a government shutdown, in a district that has tens of thousands of federal employees and their families, would not have been good politics for good ol’ Frank Wolf. He may be a right wingnut, but he’s not an idiot.