A press release from the office of U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, said he “led the efforts” to keep House Speaker John Boehner’s “Plan B” fiscal-cliff solution from coming to the House floor. “Republicans should not be forced to vote for a ‘show’ bill that asks us to compromise on our principles,” Huelskamp said in a statement. When the “Big First” congressman took his defiant message to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Friday, also tangling with host Joe Scarborough over gun control at one point, Huelskamp left the panel of hosts and pundits exasperated. “There is the problem for the Republican Party right there,” tweeted host Mika Brzezinski afterward. Eugene Robinson, a Washington Post opinion columnist appearing on the show, said: “It was stunning. It was depressing. I didn’t know whether to scream or weep. But there you see the problem.”
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