You know it’s a sad day for the Republican party when fellow Republicans, who on many issues are very right-wing, are calling out other Republicans for being too radical. But that’s essentially what Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn did when he said that the GOP will “fold like hotcakes” following a government shutdown.
Speaking with reporters, Coburn said, “The only time you shut down the government is when you shut it down and refuse to open it until you accomplish what you want. But we’ll fold like hotcakes. You do not take a hostage you are not going to for sure shoot. And we will not for sure shoot this hostage.”
First of all, he basically admits that the GOP is trying to cowardly take Obamacare (and as a result, our nation) hostage. As I said last week, we’ve watched the Republican party transform from an actual political party to nothing more than domestic terrorists.
Secondly, he’s absolutely right. It’s something I’ve said countless times over the last few weeks. Unless Republicans are willing to go 3+ years without our government being funded (the time Obama has left in office) or even a full year (next year’s elections), then this whole spectacle is just that—a spectacle.
The backlash that will ignite following a government shutdown will be aimed directly at Republicans, and eventually they’ll do exactly as Senator Coburn said—-“fold like hotcakes.”
It’s just stunning how there are millions of Americans who simply don’t get this. It’s even more terrifying that there are actually elected officials who are willing to play partisan politics with the lives of millions of Americans just so they can claim on their next campaign commercial, “I shutdown the government because I oppose Obamacare that much.”
And that’s really what all of this equates to. It’s a group of right-wing radical tea party-backed Republicans pandering to the neanderthals within their party. The people who are so grossly misinformed about even the simplest of facts that you can’t even call them competent human beings.
Because at the end of the day, Senator Coburn knows the truth—Republicans can’t win this. They’re not going to shutdown the government for weeks and months on end and President Obama is in no way going to sign off on a bill which defunds his landmark health care law.
The keyword in that last sentence is “law.” This isn’t a bill up for debate—the debate is over. The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land. Republicans are simply using these desperate tactics as a means of last resort to try to delay the inevitable.
Because once again, like Senator Coburn said, when all is said and done the GOP will “fold like hotcakes,” Obamacare will be funded and it will continue to be the law of the land.
And at the end of the day, these tea party-backed Republicans will have ended up accomplishing nothing — except putting the lives of millions of Americans at risk to simply pander to their far right-wing primary voters for their next campaign ad.