The Blame Game
It’s day 7 of the shutdown! Food programs across the country are losing funding, victims of domestic violence are facing shriveling sources of assistance, Arizona has stopped welfare checks during the shutdown, SNAP job training programs have ended, and some HUD programs will be facing issues as well. If that’s not enough, the EPA is virtually nonexistent during the shutdown, OSHA is reduced to less than 10% of its inspection force, and the shutdown has basically turned our nation into a Teapublican wet dream.
We know it’s bad. Really, really bad–it’s Gigli bad, and no real solution is in sight. Who, though, is to blame? If you ask John Boehner and the Tea Party Terrorists, President Obama alone is culpable. After all, House Republicans have tried multiple times to defund Oba…excuse me…to fund the government.
Boehner recently pointed out these attempts: One such attempt would have funded the government and defunded Obamacare. Another would have kept the government running, and delayed Obamacare for one year. The House even requested a conference with the Senate to discuss how to keep the government running…and defund Obamacare. See? Boehner and Friends are VERY interested in funding the government. If only I could cough the word “d**chebag.
President Obama blames John Boehner and his merry band of Teahadists’ desire to defund Obamacare even at the cost of many things that make America…America. Standing firm on his decision not to throw the American people under the bus, Obama shot back:
“The only thing that is keeping the government shut down, the only thing preventing people from going back to work, and basic research starting back up, and farmers and small business owners, getting their loans — the only thing that’s preventing all that from happening right now today, in the next five minutes, is that Speaker John Boehner won’t even let the bill get a yes or no vote because he doesn’t want to anger the extremists in his party.”
He’s right. Boehner is entirely responsible now for the government shutdown’s continuation….but who caused it to begin with?
It seems that real Republicans, in general, are blaming the extremist nihilists at the fringe that we know as the Tea Party.
Grover Norquist, creator of the anti-tax pledge nearly all Republican Congressmen have signed, feels that Ted Cruz made false promises to get Democrats on board and failed to even make the effort–that he essentially “pushed Republicans into traffic and wandered away.”
The only confusion that comes out is that Cruz stood on the side and confused people about the fact that every Republican agrees. He said if you don’t agree with my tactic and with the specific structure of my idea, you’re bad. He said if the House would simply pass the bill with defunding he would force the Senate to act. He would lead this grass-roots movement that would get Democrats to change their mind. So the House passed it, it went to the Senate, and Ted Cruz said, oh, we don’t have the votes over here. And I can’t find the e-mails or ads targeting Democrats to support it. Cruz said he would deliver the votes and he didn’t deliver any Democratic votes. He pushed House Republicans into traffic and wandered away.
Is Norquist correct? Well, it’s clear that Cruz did not deliver on his promise to get Democrats on his side anyway. In fact, he has pushed some Republicans away as well, with his complicity in attacks on anyone and everyone who did not agree with his extremist strategy.
One such Republican is noted “RINO” Peter King, who blames Cruz very directly:
“That’s Ted Cruz’s fault. Ted Cruz led us down this path. This was a disaster from the start, I could have predicted this, and this is what the leadership predicted three weeks ago when they said they would never pursue defunding because it was going to work against us and we’d be blamed.”
This is probably closer to the truth. Republicans, including King, are not exactly fans of the health care law. Some simply do not feel that the best way to handle the situation is to gamble the good of the United States of America as leverage against a law they do not like. Not everyone likes terrorism as a means to an end!
He goes on to elaborate on who, exactly, deserves the blame, when speaking with Chris Matthews:
“This was a fool’s errand that was started by Ted Cruz. But we can’t just blame him. We have to also blame his acolytes in the Republican Conference — 30 or 40 of them who stood with him, who were willing to undo what John Boehner wanted to do, which was to pass the CR, move this along. They insisted on going this route of attempting to defund Obamacare and threatening to shut down the government if it wasn’t done, we got locked into this. Let me just say we are where we are, and I blame Ted Cruz and his supporters for doing that.”
Yes, that’s about right: Ted Cruz and anyone stupid enough to go along with him deserves the blame.
Peter King, of course, is not alone in his opposition to Cruz’s Teahadist strategy. At a luncheon, Mitch Mcconnell lashed out at Cruz about a Senate Conservatives Fund (a group with which Cruz is heavily aligned) printout that “outs” 25 Republicans who “betrayed their principles…giving the Democrats power to implement this terrible law.” He was asked to publicly distance himself from those comments and refused to do so. From there, it became a merry cacophony directed at the insane Joseph Mccarthy doppelganger.
One Republican Senator, who spoke to Politico on condition of anonymity, said of the incident:
“It was very evident to everyone in the room that Cruz doesn’t have a strategy – he never had a strategy, and could never answer a question about what the end-game was. I just wish the 35 House members that have bought the snake oil that was sold could witness what was witnessed today at lunch.
Well, there seems to be a consensus, even amongst the Republican Party, that the Tea Party–specifically Ted Cruz and his merry menagerie of morons–deserves the blame for the shutdown.
Listen to Cruz deflect blame in the video below: