Gibson may have a tough re-election campaign next year against Sean Eldridge. It is 13 months away; it is not close to time to endorse either candidate. But based on his actions so far this week, we would be unable to endorse Gibson’s re-election. It would take 17 House Republicans to break ranks with the ideologues and vote for a clean continuing resolution. Gibson needs to be one of those Republicans.
New York is one of the few places left in the country where bipartisanship still works. Perhaps it doesn’t work well, but it works. There are moderate “Rockefeller” Republicans still in office here. As State Sen. Jim Seward proved last year, there is no threat of a “Tea Party primary” working. This is not deep red Mississippi where a majority of people believe stupid ideas like the President is a foreign-born Muslim or adding three exclamation points the to name Benghazi makes it a scandal. Gibson can show leadership and survive with his job intact. He doesn’t need to be a sheep following his party to a slaughter. So it is a shame to see him bleat about the ACA instead of doing his job.
Because of the reality of newspaper deadlines, this crisis may be over by the time these words are printed. The crisis may have been averted … this week. But there will be another crisis soon if people like Gibson and the reasonable members of his party don’t start to heed these opinions. No matter the final outcome, or when it is realized, the verdict remains the same: House Republicans caused this mess. They need to stop posturing, stop obstructing and start working again.