Republicans, Just Admit It — You Lost

boehner-lostPride is a funny thing.  It often gets a lot of people in trouble and can cause people to look absolutely foolish.  And it’s ultimately what caused this government shutdown to begin with.

Well, that and a whole lot of lies.

First you had Ted Cruz whose entire stance against “Obamacare” seemed to be built on one lie after another.  But that doesn’t really matter much for him — he really has no desire to govern as a senator.  The only reason he even became a United States Senator was to put himself in a position to run for president in 2016.  And his strategy for that seems simple — pander to the Republican base in hopes of securing the GOP candidacy for president.

Knowing that the Republican base is comprised mainly of people who desire to be told what they want to hear instead of the truth, “facts” really don’t matter to Ted Cruz.

But for the Republican party as a whole, pride is what kept this shutdown going.  Sure, it was the right-wing rhetoric from Cruz which triggered this whole mess to begin with, but make no mistake about it — pride is what kept it going.

After a day or two, Republicans should have just admitted they had no chance at reaching their goal of delaying or defunding “Obamacare.”  I mean, they knew going into this they really had no chance at doing either one of those things, but after the government had been shut down, they should have just admitted this shutdown was utterly pointless.

But they didn’t.  Instead they sat there, repeated the same worn out talking points, and stretched this thing out to nearly the last minute.

All because they were too proud to simply say, “We can’t win.”

Sure, some are saying that they couldn’t get what they wanted, but even then many of them are putting the blame on others.  Some have blamed the media while others are blaming specific Republicans like Ted Cruz.  But this entire fiasco should be spread across the entire Republican party.

They’re the ones who handed over power to the tea party.  They’re the ones who sold their souls to the most radical reaches of their base in hopes of doing anything to defeat President Obama.  And now that they’ve unleashed the monster known as the tea party, they can’t seem to rid themselves of it.  In fact, it seems to be growing in influence over the GOP, with many Republicans afraid of facing a primary challenger in their next election.

But make no mistake, there were no “winners” here.  Millions of Americans suffered, our country looks foolish and even the deal that was reached is only temporary.  Meaning that a few months from now, we might be facing this same level of idiocy yet again.

Yet, even with the majority of Americans blaming Republicans for this shutdown, most members of the GOP can’t admit that they lost.

I’m sure in the coming days you’ll see Republicans try to spin this as some sort of “victory” for their party.  They’ll try to say that they won something.  Exactly what will they have won?  Who knows.  I’ve given up trying to understand exactly what goes on in the fantasy wonderland where many Republicans seem to mentally reside.

But with the majority of Americans putting the blame on their party, “Obamacare” fully funded, the debt ceiling raised and almost no goal Republicans had hoped to achieve in this shutdown having been reached — pride will still get in the way of Republicans admitting one simple thing…

They lost, and they tried their damndest to bring the entire country down with them.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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