Even though he knew he was mic’d for sound and is even seen on tape telling fellow Kentucky Senator Rand Paul as much, a new video is circulating the Internet wherein the two Republican Kentuckians talk about their political strategy in terms of the government shutdown. In the video, we hear McConnell and Paul confidently tell each other that their strategy of telling people they’re willing to negotiate is better than the president saying he will not negotiate over Obamacare.
If ever you wanted proof that this government shutdown is a political move and nothing else, you’ve found your evidence encapsulated in this clip that’s just under a minute long. “… well I know we don’t want to be here, but we’re gonna win this I think,” says Senator Paul in the exchange at one point. So now we know without a doubt the GOP themselves knows this was a stupid mistake, and now it’s a matter of trying to “message” their way out of a political catastrophe. Only time will tell, but polls heading into the shutdown put most of the blame on the GOP, so why that would change now is unclear, but apparently these two senators think it will.
Watch the exchange below: