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A Principled Stand in the Wilderness

July 29th, 2011 - 11:11 am

Stupidity should hurt, and Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan has been pretty stupid — practically and politically. So here’s his pain:

Jim Jordan’s open defiance of Speaker John Boehner’s efforts to solve the debt-ceiling crisis could cost the Urbana Republican his safe House seat in next year’s election.

Two Republican sources deeply involved in configuring new Ohio congressional districts confirmed to The Dispatch today that Jordan’s disloyalty to Boehner has put him in jeopardy of being zeroed out of a district.

“Jim Jordan’s boneheadedness has kind of informed everybody’s thinking,” said one of the sources, both of whom spoke only on condition of anonymity. “The easiest option for everybody has presented itself.”

Jordan’s rural 11-county district, which has a 60 percent Republican voter index, “is easy to cannibalize because it stretches so far,” the other source said.

I once nearly talked myself out of a job I loved very much — when I was 21 and careless. Jordan is old enough to know better.

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