House GOP Steering Committee hits ditch, picks Rogers, Upton

A Hill source tells us it looks like the House Republican Steering Committee has selected Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky as chairman of the Appropriations Committee and Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan as chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee.

These are the two worst picks House Speaker-to-be John Boehner could make as Rogers is an earmark-happy Old Bull and Upton is an moderate liberal – aka RINO. It appears House GOP leaders still have not learned that talking the talk but not walking it stopped working in 2006.

The steering committee's recommendations must be approved by the full House GOP caucus. Normally that would be a formality. Perhaps with a bunch of Tea Partiers elected as freshmen last month, we will see Boehner's first leadership crisis if the new blood rebels, as they should.

More details here as they become available. For why Rogers and Upton are the wrong choices, go here.

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