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Monday, October 24, 2016

Back in March, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said that “trying to put Obamacare on [a continuing resolution] risks shutting down the government. That’s not what our goal is.”

Well, maybe that wasn’t his goal back then. But after Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) spent the summer telling the Republican base that they could and should defund Obamacare before the health care exchanges opened on October 1, a shutdown became inevitable.

Some argue this shutdown has been a Republican plot since at least March, but this assumes that everyone in the party of Lincoln, Roosevelt, Coolidge, Hoover, Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, Bush I, Bush II, Cheney, McCain, Palin and Cruz agrees with the Suicide Caucus in the House of Representatives who are willing to risk anything — even the U.S. economy — to stop the Affordable Care Act.

A relatively small group of extremists has been able to drive the government to its first shutdown in almost two decades. And these Tea Partiers are in revolt “against anyone who accepts the constraints of political reality,” according to The Washington Post‘s Michael Gerson.

Other Republicans, however, have a slightly firmer grasp on that reality. Here are five Republicans who are blaming their fellow Republicans for this $300-million-a-day shutdown of the nation’s largest employer.

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  • Lynda Groom

    Only five? That fact alone tells you all you need to know about todays GOP.

    • highpckts

      And even those five hedged their bets and did not fully commit to ANYTHING!!

  • Rocco Owens

    Then why did McCain vote with Cruz?

    • RobertCHastings

      For an old man, he has become pretty adept at speaking out of both sides of his mouth.

      • highpckts

        I think he is schizophrenic!

        • RobertCHastings

          It could be PTSD.

  • RobertCHastings

    Interesting how Christie plans to solve the issue by holding the Congressional leaders hostage. In the first place, he would never have the authority to do so. Oh, even though our dictator Obama has the authority, why doesn’t HE do it? Sort of pokes holes in the theory that Obama is a dictator, doesn’t it?

    • ralphkr

      But, Robert, you are forgetting that not only is Obama a tyrannical Muslim Communist Dictator (OH, I believe I forgot Gestapo chief) but that he is also a week kneed powerless man who bows down to everyone else and follows the orders of the Jewish cabal, The Muslim Brotherhood, and the Al Queda (I am sure that I left many groups out).

      • RobertCHastings

        Whatever, ralph. Bring something to the table worth talking about other than your Beckian rants.

        • ralphkr

          Exactly my point, Robert, and the scary thing is that there are people all across our nation who avidly believe EVERY word I wrote even though the traits described are obviously contradictory. For example, there is no such thing as a weak, powerless, dictator since a dictator is by definition: all powerful.

          • RobertCHastings

            Sorry I misinterpreted (NOT misread). Irony is a little difficult, sometimes. Nicely done.

  • asiaman496

    It is easy to see that the GOP Taliban wing are not happy campers right now…
    Not a single posting by them…..

  • [email protected]

    John Boehner is a wimp and a follower, not a leader. No wonder he’s always crying.

    • stcroixcarp

      Boehner is a failure.

      • highpckts

        He is a failure but I would rather have him than our other choices! Ryan, Canter? No way!! I just watched “Olympus down” and the House Speaker became President and I just shuddered at this scenario!!

  • Justin Fair

    Where do the Republicans get the gull to show their disdain for the democratic process in such a way that hurts so many? Of course they hate Obama with a passion, but is that a good enough reason to shut down the government, put people out of work, and sabotage the economy? In the past, when Congress didn’t get it’s way, they would support a bill that has already passed and try to help the economy and the country. These idiots think they won’t be voted out and that there are no consequences for their TREASONOUS ACTS. Come on Republicans, don’t let their stupidity go unpunished! They are depending on your hate of the President to override your common sense. They want to take your benefits and fill their pockets. VOTE THEM OUT IN 2014 and 2016.

    • ralphkr

      You are forgetting that their dream is to completely shut down all of the government forever except for defense (they make billions from wars and defense contracts). Of course, in their dream world no person making more than $400K a year and no big business would ever be required to pay taxes and all taxes would be paid by the “takers” (those earning less than $250K).

  • Angel Perea

    TRUTH: Let’s be clear, the irresponsible crisis creator’s republicans have
    nothing to negotiate! They created without negotiation their own ongoing unbalanced
    lower spending budget by removal the Affordable Health Care Law but kept its
    estimated savings! Hum… Their signature achievement -Shutdown Shenanigans insults
    (74%) American’s intelligence! Then, like in the past, they use coercion rather than compromise to affect their minority views. As a rule, our democratic representative government
    does not negotiate with these extortionist clowns that threaten Americans harm (according
    to CNN a daily loss of $55 million per day) our financial security. “The
    reason is simple: Democracies should not make public policy in response to
    threats, and those who threaten should not be rewarded for threatening harm to
    our nation.” We need to outlaw Gerrymandering as unacceptable for
    anyone! .So let’s be clear we must STAND FIRM, there is nothing to
    negotiate. Meanwhile, millions of uninsured Americans are getting insured! So these
    mean spirited idiots like Cruz have no clue about the consequences of their
    obstruction! However, those who do threaten will be rewarded. The political suicide game playing to name a few such McCarthy, Rohrabacher and Issa from California as well as Blackburn from Tenn., Rogers from Wash. and Cantor from Virginia and (note there other Californians) of the 55 clowns have betrayed of our Citizens! They have disrespected us by ignoring results of America’s last national election. Let’s send a message ofENOUGH with consequences next November!

  • commserver

    If these Republicans say they oppose the shutdown, why did they vote according to party line?