This is by far my favorite argument that I’ve seen coming from Republicans when it comes to pretty much anything. It’s so absurd that it just makes me wish for a moment I could be inside their heads, because I would love to see what reality is like on their planet.
Because, based on comments such as those of Republican Rep. Steve King, many of them sure as heck aren’t living on this one.
See, according to Rep. King, if the government does end up getting shut down it won’t be the fault of Republicans—it’ll all be President Obama’s fault.
Let’s take a look at his “reasoning” for this:
“So the House will make sure that the funds are available. And if the president should decide he’s going to shut down the government, it will never be the House of Representatives, if this happens it will be either an act of either Harry Reid and the Democrats in the Senate or the president or them working in conjunction with each other. If the president decides to shut the government down, it will be the equivalent of a political tantrum, saying ‘I will have my piece of signature legislation even if the American people reject it and I’ll punish you by shutting the government down if I don’t get my way.'”
And he’s dead serious.
Basically, because the House passed legislation that funds the government but strips funding for the Affordable Care Act (which the president has clearly stated he would veto if it ever reached his desk — and it won’t), that’s King’s reasoning behind how this is President Obama’s fault.
Because, as King puts it, the American people have “rejected” Obamacare.
Really? Have they?
Last I checked, during the 2012 election Democrats gained power in both the House and the Senate and President Obama overwhelmingly won reelection.
Also, last I checked, the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land. It was passed by Congress, signed by the president and supported as Constitutional by our Supreme Court.
So exactly where are the “American people” rejecting this?
And let’s not forget that a large factor behind the irrational fear of “Obamacare” stems from the blatant lies and countless campaigns of misinformation conservatives have levied against it. They’ve attempted to create such fear and paranoia about the law that most Americans don’t even know anything factual about it.
Just look at the newest fear campaigns funded by the Koch brothers for proof. “Creepy Uncle Sam” rising up from between a woman’s legs and behind a nude man lying in the fetal position. Seriously.
But it’s absolutely hysterical that any Republican would claim it would be the fault of President Obama and Democrats if the government does in fact get shut down.
If the majority of the Senate says, “We won’t pass any bill which defunds Obamacare” and the president says, “I will veto any bill which defunds Obamacare,” then the House passes a bill which defunds Obamacare — you blame the one branch which did exactly what the other two clearly said they wouldn’t support.
You don’t “negotiate” by coming to the table with your only offer being the one thing the opposition said they absolutely will not, under any circumstances, support.
But the bottom line is, Republicans are completely delusional. Somehow they think losing the 2012 presidential election, along with losing power in both the House and Senate, gives them a “mandate” from the American people.
And polls clearly show that if a shutdown does occur, the American people will overwhelmingly blame Republicans—not Democrats.
Which they should. President Obama and Congressional Democrats want to continue to fund our government and raise our debt ceiling so we can pay our bills, two moves which should have bipartisan support without exception. Yet Republicans are trying to turn both of these situations into a means by which to blackmail the president and hold our country hostage for their own political agenda.
But mark my words, this is just the beginning. We’re already seeing breaks in the conservative ranks and infighting going on about this whole ordeal.
I have a strong feeling that this is the first big break in the GOP.
So while Rep. King can accuse President Obama of throwing some kind of “political tantrum,” he might want to take a good look at his own party.
Because they’re the ones who’ve been consistently acting like petulant children.