“I am tough. I push people.”
Making an example.
“[This caucus] has thwarted vital conservative policy objectives and unwittingly become Nancy Pelosi’s tactical ally.”
How extreme is that?
“It’ll be interesting to see if they can get to 218 on this.”
“Fear is a motivator, and we are not fear-mongers.”
“There’s a consensus among people who support it even, internally, that inside this was not a good time to try it.”
One year later.
“Obviously panic has set in on the other side.”
“There’s nothing to be gained from delaying this vote one day or two days.”
Take it or leave it.
“I’m on your side. Don’t screw it up!”
“Hold a vote. Call a vote right now. Let’s see what happens.”
“In divided government, he will say to them, what can we really achieve?”
“We can act. We should act. We must act today to resolve this.”
Now it can be told!