Don’t adjust your computer screens, you are actually about to watch a House Republican speak completely honestly and truthfully about the actions of his own party.
While appearing on Fox News over the weekend, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) was very frank when he told fellow-Republican and embarrassing soundbite machine Louie Gohmert (R-TX) that he felt the GOP had over-promised and misled their base, and that they could even stop the Affordable Care Act in the first place. It’s quite stunning to hear a Republican congressman speak plainly to the fact that his party basically lied to their constituents to drum-up support for this irresponsible government shutdown, isn’t it?
“I thought it was a big mistake to say that we were going to get rid of ObamaCare,” Nunes told the show’s host. “I think we’re giving our base — and I’m a conservative Republican, just like Louie — the false interpretation that somehow by not funding the government, we’re going to get rid of ObamaCare, and we simply don’t have the votes to do that.” By Nunes simply admitting that the Republicans don’t have the votes to do anything on the Affordable Care Act, he has become one of maybe a handful of Congressional Republicans who have been candid and truthful about the situation.
As the shutdown continues and we inch closer to a default on our credit, it will be interesting to see how many more moderate Republicans start speaking in the same way Rep. Nunes did. Being from a blue state, Nunes probably knows better than Gohmert what the sentiment about House Republicans in the rest of the country really is, and whether or not Republican leadership hears the message Nunes is delivering will determine if we get out of the mess we’re in.
Watch the full clip below: