The government shutdown is lingering on, and Republicans are refusing to budge. For most of the Tea Party members of the House, it’s still defund Obamacare or bust.
Although some members of the GOP are trying to be reasonable, admitting that the political theater is hurting real people and maybe their party needs to consider a compromise, it’s clear that the most extreme faction of the GOP is still running the show…and hogging the camera.
Lots of media appearances means lots of opportunities to say really unbelievable things. Here are just 8 stupid statements they’ve managed to make so far:
1. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann was on the “government shutdowns are great” bandwagon before the shutdown was officially even on, telling reporters:
“We’re very excited. It’s exactly what we wanted, and we got it.”
2. North Carolina Rep. Renee Elmers has no problem cutting off other government employees’ pay, but she won’t go without it herself.
“The thing of it is, I need my paycheck. That is the bottom line.”
3. Indiana Rep. Todd Rotika has been battling with the media, at least when he’s not belittling them as professionals. He told one female reporter who asked him to justify his opposition to Obamacare, “Carol, you’re beautiful but you have to be honest as well.”
4. Texas Senator Ted Cruz says the shutdown could lead to a terrorist attack.
“If, God forbid, we see an attack on the United States because the intelligence community was not adequately funded, every member of the committee would be horrified. So I hope issues of partisan politics can be set aside and we can all come together and pass, right now by the end of the day, a continuing resolution to fully fund the Department of Defense and intelligence community.”
5. Indiana Rep. Marlin Stutzman isn’t even entirely sure if the GOP has an endgame anymore.
“We’re not going to be disrespected… We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.”
6. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who claimed that the government was putting extra effort to close off the World War II Memorial, said:
“Some idiot in the government sent goons out there to set up barricades so they couldn’t see the monument. People had to spend hours setting up barricades where there are never barricades, to prevent people from seeing the World War II monument, because they’re trying to play a charade. They’re doing it because they just aren’t serious about this… They like the shutdown.”
7. Texas Rep. Steve Stockman headed into the shutdown claiming that it would be good for Republicans and that the last government shutdown was good for the party, too. Now, he responded to the lack of passage of a bill that would fund only veterans’ benefits as a “curb stomping.”
“Democrats are voting to kill clean, no-strings-attached funding for veterans care because Obama told them to. That’s sick,” he said in one message on Twitter, followed later by “Democrats just curb-stomped veterans. Because Obama told them to.”
8. Finally, in what can only be seen as the height of chutzpa, Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor has sent out a memo saying that the shutdown is entirely the fault of a Democratic administration that for some crazy reason just won’t compromise.
“This shutdown is a result of President Obama and Majority Leader Reid refusing to reach across the aisle in a divided government, a problem that has sadly been a hallmark of this Administration.”
And to think, this shut down has only just started. Even better, soon we will have a debt ceiling limit to battle over, as well.
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