As the White House and Speaker John Boehner negotiate a debt-reduction deal, Rep. Jim Jordan (R., Ohio), the Republican Study Committee chairman, remains steadfastly opposed to any debt-limit agreement, or at least one that does not send a balanced-budget amendment to the states for ratification. All this week, he has emphasized that “Cut, Cap, and Balance,” the fiscal-reform package authored by the RSC, which includes such an amendment, remains the only viable option for conservatives.
Jordan, a former state-champion wrestler, tells National Review Online that he sees politics as sport: Wins and losses matter, and you pin down your opponent whenever possible. As of late, Jordan has been winning, leading the most influential conservative caucus in the House. On most issues, he needles Republicans to move an inch, or a mile, to the right. In April, he stirred over 50 Republicans to oppose the House leadership’s spending deal with the White House, which kept the government running.
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