The House voted on Friday to cut $60 billion out of this year’s budget. The vote passed with only three dissenting Republicans. Predictably, Walter Jones was one of those three.

News reports are not specific on why Jones voted against the will of the people. One reason may be Jones’ reported support for an amendment by Rep. Steven LaTourette that called for an across the board cut of $100 billion, cuts that wouldn’t target specific programs. Speaking to Roll Call, Jones wouldn’t predict how he’d vote on the final bill “until after the amendment process play[ed] out.” My guess is that we’ll hear some populist, blue-dog Democrat response from his office that he opposed cuts to the low income heating program or some other such thing.  Note: LaTourette voted ‘Yea’ on the final bill.

On another related note, ToD has learned that Walter has joined a group called the GOP Tuesday Group. This is a group of so-called moderate or centrist Republicans who consider the Tea Party out of the mainstream. Their under-construction website says that they promote the ‘Republican mainstream agenda”.  Moderate. Centrist.  What does that mean to you? To me, it is someone who does not govern from a philosophy or a particular world-view. Rather, it is someone who can go either way on any subject if it ‘feels’ right. This is Walter to a T.

Joining a group which considers strong, principled conservatives as out of the mainstream is insulting to this voter. We all knew that Walter was faking it last year when he joined Michelle Bachmann’s Tea Party Caucus and sent out the phony ‘We the People’ brochure. Now the curtain has been pulled back and revealed himself. Walter has pulled out of the Tea Party Caucus and joined a group that thinks his former group, and those who support it, are nuts.