Tuesday, October 1, 2013

GOP House Republicans are Fully Responsible for Government Shutdown - Overnight Polling Agrees

GOP Members giddy over shutdown possibility Saturday night and now trying to blame Senate Democrats and the President. They won't even take responsibility for their own actions.
The GOP rhetoric is not selling well with the American people no matter how the GOP and their hard right allies try to spin:
Six hours after the federal government shut down for the first time in 17 years, a new Quinnipiac poll delivered the first warning sign for a Republican Party that stands to take the brunt of the blame.  
According to the poll, American voters oppose shutting down the federal government to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act by a significant, 72-22 margin. And on another upcoming fight — raising the debt ceiling — Americans oppose using it to stop the health-care law's implementation by a 64-27 margin.  
And in general, 58% of Americans oppose cutting off funding for Obamacare to tinker with its implementation.  
All of these should be significant red flags for the Republican Party, which polls have shown will take the bulk of the public's blame for the shutdown
According to the Quinnipiac poll, Democrats now hold a 9-point advantage in the general Congressional ballot — that is, Americans said they would vote for the Democratic candidate in their district over the Republican candidate by a 43-34 margin. That's the highest it's been all year. 
And approval of Congressional Republicans is at its lowest point in the poll's history. Only 17% of respondents said approve of the job Congressional Republicans are doing, compared with 74% who disapprove. That compares to a 32/60 approval-to-disapproval rating for Congressional Democrats and a 45/49 score for President Barack Obama.
55% of voters think gridlock is occurring in Washington because Republicans are "determined to block any Obama initiative," while only 33% said it's because of Obama's lack of skill to convince Congress to work together. 
"Americans are certainly not in love with Obamacare, but they reject decisively the claim by Congressional Republicans that it is so bad that it's worth closing down the government to stop it," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.  
"President Barack Obama enters this standoff over the budget with an edge over Congressional Republicans in the voters' eyes." 
Now we know that Speaker Boehner and his leadership team were pressuring Representatives not to stand with Rep King.  It is absolutely despicable.  
Peter King: I Did My Best to Fight the Cruz Craziesby Michael Daly Oct 1, 2013 6:23 AM EDT 
Peter King attempted to lead a moderate coup against the Republican leadership. He tells Michael Daly why he could no longer stand by and watch the crazies in his party damage the country. 
But every time he spoke to a fellow Republican representative who seemed ready to join him in averting a government shutdown, House Speaker John Boehner would have a quiet word with the waverer. 
“I did my bit, and then I saw Boehner talking to them,” King says. 
King was by one of the 20 locations where a member can vote. He saw a possible supporter who was standing nearby instead go to a more distant voting station. 
“When you see a guy walk away to vote someplace else, you know how he’s going,” King says. 
King felt sure that if Boehner had just told everybody to vote their conscience, then the measure that threatened to trigger a government shutdown would have been resoundingly defeated. But Boehner apparently did not want to risk a revolt by the extremists who are ideologically aligned with Sen. Ted Cruz, the ones who King says live in “echo chambers” where they hear only their own voices. Boehner would rather risk this challenge by King, who was not an imminent threat to the speaker’s rule and had been consistently loyal in all the big recent votes. 
At the same time, the “Ted Cruz Republicans,” as King called them, had been consistently disloyal. The present crisis had only come about because the Cruz crazies had refused to go along with Boehner’s original plan. Boehner had figured on sending legislation to the Senate that would allow it to fund the government even as it refused to pass an essentially symbolic measure defunding Obamacare.   
Excerpt:  Read More at The Daily Beast
Speaker Boehner seems to be out of it most of the time he speaks including his attacks on the President on the floor of the House.  All the Speaker has  to do is bring up a clean CR bill, it will pass, and the Government goes back to work which the House GOP refuses to pass.  Why won't Boehner bring up a clean CR bill?

The fault for the shutdown lies at the feet of John Boehner, his Leadership Team, and the Cruz Tea Party Caucus in the House who have been acting on Cruz's recommendations.  Last week Cruz on video told the House if they shutdown Government then they should start passing piece meal funding bills which is exactly what they are doing today.  Shows Cruz is running the House and the Speaker. When is the last time you have seen a Senator run the House?  I never have.

After the Continuing Resolution battle, the Debt Ceiling is up next this month.  Look at the demands above from the Republican Tea Party House and ask yourself who is responsible for the shutdown of Government. President and Senate request two clean bills and all they get is garbage add ons by House Tea Party Republicans who refuse to acknowledge that Obamacare is the law not a bill and the American people spoke in reelecting President by a large margin.

House GOP has now become totally delusional and are in the process of destroying the GOP to do what the Koch Bros want.  Why?  Where are GOP backbones?  Why people would support the GOP today is beyond me.  Send them to the unemployment line in November 2014.


  1. But... everyone loves the Little Rascals, which is what we have here, complete with John Boehner as Spanky and Ted Cruz as Alfalfa.

    The Pink Flamingo

  2. The recent shutdown have caused a lot of disadvantages to every sectors of the country.