Well, you’ve got to hand it to Rep. John C. Fleming (R-LA) — at least he sticks to his principles. His principles in this case being a willingness to shutdown the government as part of a tactic in fighting against the new Republican chewtoy, Obamacare — er, we mean the debt ceiling…actually we mean entitlement reform. Well, you get the idea.
Clearly Fleming isn’t privy to the bevy of opinion polls that showed just how badly his party was being battered as a result of their antics around the shutdown of our federal government. Why else would he say he looks forward to yet another protracted fight like the one that led to this latest Republican debacle?
Asked yesterday what he’d do about the Senate plan when it came to the House floor for a vote, Fleming told The New York Times, “I’ll vote against it. But that will get us into Round 2. See, we’re going to start this all over again.”
As one of the 144 House Republicans who voted against the McConnell-Reid bill that came out of the Senate, Fleming has already registered himself as being totally okay with our country defaulting on our debts for the first time ever, and any fallout from that default he’d be absolutely okay with because “freedom” or something.
But what’s so telling is that all the negative press, all the negative polling, and despite pretty much a universal rebuke of this idiotic tactic from everyone but the small minority of Tea Partiers, Fleming still wants to create and foment more gridlock rather than move the country toward an actual budget agreement.
Here’s Flemming justifying himself on Fox News earlier in the shutdown debacle: