When shrieking harpy Sean Hannity spouted off a litany of lunatics who support shutting down the government if Obamacare isn’t defunded, Karl Rove of all people stomped him.
Rove said, “How are we gonna get 51 votes in the Senate to agree to this proposal? … Second of all, if the government shuts down, who’s gonna get blamed for this? There’s an ironclad rule in politics that if the government shuts down, whether the Republicans control the White House or not, we get blamed for it!”
Similarly, Charles Krauthammer who played a Skeksi in the 80’s movie The Dark Crystal said in his Washington Post column How Fractured is the GOP?
“Sens. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz, the GOP insurgents are threatening to shut down the government on Oct. 1 if the stopgap funding bill contains money for Obamacare. This is nuts. The president will never sign a bill defunding the singular achievement of his presidency. Especially when he has control of the Senate. Especially when, though a narrow 51 percent majority of Americans disapproves of Obamacare, only 36 percent favors repeal. President Obama so knows he’ll win any shutdown showdown that he’s practically goading the Republicans into trying…This is about tactics. If I thought this would work, I would support it. But I don’t fancy suicide. It has a tendency to be fatal.”
Watch this surreal smack down courtesy of Media Matters: