By Jason Sattler

Republicans Finally Admit What The Shutdown Is About: Making The Tea Party Feel Better

October 3, 2013 9:28 am Category: Countdown To Shutdown, Memo Pad, Politics 17 Comments A+ / A-
Republicans Finally Admit What The Shutdown Is About: Making The Tea Party Feel Better

The conservative media began to report strange rumblings from Republicans on Wednesday, the second day of the government shutdown. Suddenly, Tea Partiers were saying that the government shutdown wasn’t about Obamacare, though they refuse to vote for a continuing resolution passed by the Senate because all their amendments related to the Affordable Care Act have been stripped out.

What is the shutdown about, then? What do Republicans want?

“We’re not going to be disrespected,” Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) told The Washington Examiner. “We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.”

I repeat: “And I don’t know what that even is.”

It’s reminiscent of a classic scene from The Godfather II, when Fredo Corleone explained to his brother Michael why he was angry at being passed over by his father:

“Listen,” Rep. Greg Walden (R_OR) reportedly told donors this week. “We have to do this because of the Tea Party. If we don’t, these guys are going to get primaried and they are going to lose their primary.”

So the shutdown isn’t just a monstrous gift to the presidential campaign of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), it’s a $300-million-a-day donation to the primary campaigns of Tea Party members of Congress.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Wednesday night, “This is about the happiest I’ve seen members in a long time because we’ve seen we’re starting to win this dialogue on a national level.”

Stutzman and Bachmann are members of the so-called Suicide Caucus, 80 members of the House who signed a letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) urging him to pursue a strategy of defunding Obamacare in exchange for funding the government. But given that this strategy could never work and the government is now shut down, Tea Partiers want “something,” but they “don’t know what that even is.”

Despite a new poll showing that show more voters blame Republicans and nearly three-quarters didn’t want a shutdown, Bachmann is still sure Republicans are finally winning.

Now they just need to figure out what they’re winning.

UPDATE: Rep. Stutzman has issued a statement about his comments after President Obama referenced them in a speech Thursday morning: “Yesterday, I carelessly misrepresented the ongoing budget debate and Speaker Boehner’s work…”

Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr.com

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  • bckrd1

    “Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Wednesday night, “This is about the happiest I’ve seen members in a long time because we’ve seen we’re starting to win this dialogue on a national level.”
    Despite a new poll showing that show more voters blame Republicans and nearly three-quarters didn’t want a shutdown, Bachmann is still sure Republicans are finally winning.”

    So glad this idiot is out of there come 2014, but it just is not soon enough for me.

    • latebloomingrandma

      Rolling Stone had it right. There is no other adjective better for her than batshit crazy.

  • Lynda Groom

    Duh!

  • TZToronto

    There comes a point at which the obstructionists need to be put in their places, and perhaps the only way to do that is for the less crazy House Republicans to simply demand a vote on a clean resolution. When the vote comes to the floor, it will pass, and the Tea Party idiots in the House will lose. Maybe that’s what it will take for the Tea Party to realize that (1) they’re not in control and (2) they just don’t understand how things are done. The hindquarters are not supposed to control the rest of the body. If that’s what it takes–the less crazy Republicans having to fight primary challenges in their districts–then so be it. A seat in a Congress that is dysfunctional is really just a way to make $174/year without doing anything constructive. (Let the Republicans at the state level see just what their gerrymandering has created–districts in which rational thinking has disappeared. And how about this: No national GOP support for Tea Party candidates. They’ve done their best to destroy the GOP. Let them run as the Tea Party party.)

    • july860

      Unfortunately, the “less crazy republicans” are fearful of the far right; fearful of losing their jobs, and afraid of upsetting the big financial backers (e.g. the Koch bros.) What we need are republicans with brass cajones.

      • TZToronto

        If these guys had been around when the Declaration of Independence was being signed, we’d still be British subjects. Those signers basically volunteered to be drawn and quartered, and Hancock had the biggest cajones of all (based on his signature). The scared-of-their-own-shadows, self-serving Tea Party reps in the House are violating their oath of office because they (and their spineless leader, Boehner) are willing to let the U.S. default on its debts, and the Constitution says that this cannot happen. So those who would vote against raising the debt ceiling are voting against the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.

        • Allan Richardson

          I agree, and this is a legitimate basis to consider the debt “ceiling” to be “advisory only” and disburse what needs to be disbursed to meet our debts.

          Incidentally, the federal government DOES have the authority to CREATE money to pay debts, and as long as it is BALANCED by raising NECESSARY taxes later (or by increased revenue from taxing a MORE PROSPEROUS economy later), this is the best way to stimulate the economy: putting money in the pockets of the NEEDIEST, not the GREEDIEST.

    • Lou Workman

      You know too that these stupid tea partiers get retirement after just one term!

  • Allan Richardson

    The Tea Party is “winning” just like Charlie Sheen was “winning.” Tiger’s blood!

  • clarenceswinney

    OSAMA BIN LADIN
    LIBYA-GREECE-SYRIA
    Osama Bin Laden Ghost is behind the rebellions in these nations.
    He trained those now called Al Qaeda and his goal was to replace all dictators in the Middle East.
    The Washington Bureau of the Palm Beach(fla) Post were told by a senior FBI official that on 9-11 there no more than one hundred active Al Qaeda members worldwide. Osama had stated that he had nothing against Americans except for stationing the military on Holy Ground(Saudi Arabia). The Gulf War changed that. He said on videotape:”I have had nightmares from watching Tall buildings fall from American shelling. I have since dreamed of watching Tall buildings fall in America”.
    Iran is next. Then? The Iraq invasion created am opportunity for Osama to recruit hundreds more to this cause.

    • Matt Toeniskoetter

      what the hell are you even talking about? What does a dead terrorist have to do with the government shutdown? Other than the fact that the Tea Party are terrorists?

      • Brian O’Connell

        Don’t mind grandpa, he forgot to take his meds.

    • Danny Mathey

      YE postith on the wrong sight. Clarence Dollor tree has good reading glasses for only 1 dollor…..

  • http://www.TheButchQueen.com/ BUTCH

    DEMONS!!! These are not humans, these are demon-possessed MONSTERS!

    • AP

      I agree!

  • One Meat Ball

    They were so sure they were winning the last Presidential Election too. Until they lost.

  • teapartyguardian

    The TeaParty is so inconsequential, the fraudulent President had to use the IRS to stifle them. The democrats got shellacked in 2010 and 2014 will be no different. Not to mention how bad Owebamacare will be by then….

    The shut down revealed two things; there are rinos in our midst and owebama despises Real American veterans. With a president like this, what country would need enemies?

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