As Jon Stewart pointed out– as only Jon Stewart can – a lot of us are having a little trouble with the lack of Republican “ownership” of our current state of a partially shut down government and the raising of the debt ceiling looming. It’s a little mystifying. After all, if Republicans truly think Obamacare is going to end life as we know it, one would think they’d be truly happy to “own” this shutdown which was (about ten reasons ago, before it was entitlement spending and tax reform and, I don’t know, what kind of toilet paper to buy for the Congressional bathrooms) the ostensible reason they shut down the government to begin with.But, if they don’t want to own it, I’m happy enough to force that ownership down their cowardly, wimpy, lying, ignorant throats: As Stewart noted, “Sniffles McGillicuddy here, John Boehner, sat down with George Stephanopoulos, who asked him about a claim that Harry Reid has been making:George: ”He says . . . that you came to him back in July and offered to pass a clean government funding resolution, no Obamacare amendments, that was $70 billion below what the Senate wanted, they accepted it, and now you’ve reneged on that offer.”Boehner: ”Now clearly there was a conversation about doing this . . . several. But . . . I and my members decided that the threat of Obamacare and what was happening was so important that it was time for us to take a stand, and we took a stand . . . .” (Emphasis mine).
Yes, that’s the House Republicans’ leader, admitting on national television that he and his House cronies “took a stand,” i.e., reneged on the deal made with Harry Reid, i.e., went back on their word, i.e., SHUT DOWN THE FUCKING GOVERNMENT.
But he ain’t the only one making admissions that the entire Republican population pretends haven’t been made, denial being the wonderful drug that it is . . . .
New York Rep. Peter King: “The fact is, it was done in the House, and the government is now closed, and Obamacare is going forward . . . This was a strategy that never could have worked.”
National Review Online editor-at-large Jonah Goldberg: ”Shutting down the government in an effort to use a budget fight to get rid of Obamacare is not the strategy I would have recommended for the GOP. And while Republicans can be blamed for starting the shutdown . . . .”
Politico: ”House Republicans told Obama at the White House that they could reopen the federal government by early next week if the president and Senate Democrats agree to their debt-ceiling proposal [ransom demands] . . . .” (Emphasis – and clarification – mine).
Boehner: President Obama’s requirement that he’ll talk to Republicans after the debt ceiling is lifted and after the government is funded amounts to “unconditional surrender by Republicans.”
John McCain: ”We started this on a fool’s errand, convincing so many millions of Americans and our supporters that we could defund Obamacare . . . .”
National Review Editor Rich Lowry: ”His [Cruz'] push to defund Obamacare this fall is a grass roots-pleasing slogan in search of a realistic path to legislative fruition. Cruz never explains how a government shutdown fight would bring about the desired end. The strategy seems tantamount to believing that if Republican politicians clicked their wing tips together and wished it so, President Barack Obama would collapse in a heap and surrender on his party’s most cherished accomplishment.”
North Carolina Senator Richard Burr: Threatening to shut down the government unless Obamacare is defunded is the ”the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard of . . . Defunding the Affordable Care Act is not achievable through shutting down the federal government . . . .”
Fox News pundit Charles Krauthammer: ”Led by Sens. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz, the GOP insurgents are threatening to shut down the government on Oct. 1 if the stopgap funding bill contains money for Obamacare . . . .”
Resident Crazy Person, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann: ”We’re very excited . . . It’s [the government shutdown] exactly what we wanted, and we got it.”
Texas Rep. John Culberson: ”The whole room [said]: ‘Let’s vote!’ I said, like 9/11, ‘Let’s roll!’”
Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais: ” . . . A temporary government shutdown pales in comparison to the long-term negative consequences that Obamacare will impose on our economy and our healthcare system.”
S.C. Rep. Jeff Duncan: ”I believe Obamacare has shut down America, so I’d rather shut down the government than continue doing what we’re doing, which is penalizing businesses and families in this country.”
Republicans have evolved from giddy and excited about their newly-minted power to shut down the government to what we’re seeing now, the “who, us?” dodge. As noted by the Washington Post, Michele Bachmann took dissociation and disconnection to a new level, insisting prior to the Republican government shutdown that it would be an American-pleasing gambit . . . “People will be very grateful,” she said.
But before she gets all giddy with success, here’s a little memo to Bachmann: Better check out those polls, kid. When only 28% of Americans think you guys are A-okay, “grateful” isn’t the word that immediately leaps to mind.
Smoking Hot Politics
Saturday, 12 October 2013