Rep. Tom Cole (R-Moore) says, “Shutting down the government is a suicidal political tactic. Eventually, it will be reopened, but the president will not have capitulated and you will have discredited yourself, and along the way, you will have hurt the American people.” It’s the “political equivalent of throwing a temper tantrum.”
A few days later, Cole had an epiphany, calling the shutdown “a raw power grab by President Obama,” whose idea of compromise is “my way or the highway.”
Like it or not, “the Senate and President Obama must at least consider the position of the House.” I would love to know what the position of the House is given that 22 Republicans have publicly pledged to vote for a “clean” bill to reopen the government without any Obamacare provisions, but Speaker Boehner (R-Ohio) (to date) refuses to allow the vote.
I guess it’s Boehner’s way or the highway.
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Muskogee) says the shutdown is not “an achievable strategy. It’s creating the false impression that you can do something when you can’t. And it’s dishonest.” According to John McCain (R-Arizona), the U.S. Senate “will not repeal, or defund, Obamacare. We will not. And to think we can is not rational.” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) compared the shutdown to “burning down the house to get rid of the mice or rats.”
Americans do not negotiate with terrorists, and the GOP is basically holding a gun to the head of the American public, shutting down vital services unless their extremist demands are met.
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