Virginia’s Republican representatives in Congress have again embarrassed the Commonwealth.
The House of Representatives recently approved a resolution supporting the applications of Sweden and Finland to join NATO. The vote was 394-18. Three of those 18 “no” votes were from Virginia Republicans: Morgan Griffith (9th District), Ben Cline (6th District); and Bob Good (5th District). The other Republican member of the delegation, Robb Wittman (1st District), supported the resolution.
Virginia had more members opposing the resolution than any other state. Griffith, Cline, and Good joined such luminaries as Matt Gaetz (Fla.), Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.), Madison Cawthorn (N.C.), and Lauren Boebert (Colo.) in what Charlottesville’s The Daily Progress has dubbed “the crackpot caucus”.
Good explained that his “no” vote was “a ‘no-confidence’ vote in the Biden Administration’s failed foreign policy.” It is hard to see how strengthening NATO in the face of Russian aggression is a failure in foreign policy. Griffith said that he was not opposed to Sweden and Finland joining NATO, but he thought the House of Representatives was “overstepping its bounds.”
Even 176 of their fellow Republicans in Congress disagreed with them.