Unable to Accept Defeat, Republicans Blame Media for Surrender on Shutdown Deal

labradorBefore the government was shut down due to right-wing antics in Congress, anyone with half a brain knew they stood absolutely no chance at accomplishing their goal of defunding, defeating or repealing “Obamacare.”

This wasn’t some partisan opinion based on left-wing talking points, it was just basic facts conjured from easy to understand reality.

So as news has broken that the Senate has agreed upon a deal which should pass the House, thus reopening our government and raising the debt ceiling, you just had to know Republicans weren’t going to accept the blame from the majority of the American people for the shutdown.

Oh no.  It wasn’t their false rhetoric that this shutdown would end up with the defeat of “Obamacare,” or the fact that Boehner refused to let the House vote on the Senate’s clean resolution that would have passed the House and kept the government open.  Nope, those aren’t the reasons why they lost and have come out of this whole ordeal looking like a bunch of fools.

It’s the media’s fault.  The media is to blame for why the majority of the American people put the blame on the Republican party for this shutdown.

A group of House Republicans was quick to blame the media for what they called “false reporting” of their primary goal during this shutdown.

Representative Raul Labrador (R-ID) let his frustrations be known to reporters:

“You guys in the media continued reporting that what the conservatives were asking for was the full repeal of Obamacare. That’s absolutely false.  We never asked for a full repeal of Obamacare because we can’t get that.  We have voted on a full repeal of Obamacare that the Senate has rejected every single time. But what we were asking for, our position from the beginning, was exchanging a one-year continuing resolution for a one-year delay of Obamacare. That was something we thought both sides were giving on something.”

Yeah, he actually said that.

Here’s a fun fact: Republicans stood zero chance at getting a one-year delay of “Obamacare.”  Something President Obama and Democrats had made clear to them months before this shutdown began.  Yet that didn’t deter these conservative clowns from shutting down the government to accomplish something that stood as much chance at happening as repealing the law in its entirety.

And who exactly was reporting that Republicans wanted the law repealed in exchange for the one-year continuing resolution?  It’s been made pretty clear by pretty much every media source I’ve seen that Republicans were seeking to defund the law, or delay it for a year.  And let’s be honest, had they delayed it for another year, next year it would have just been something else from these people.

This isn’t a new law.  It was passed over 3 1/2 years ago.  So to think that they just wanted a one-year delay is foolish.  This push for a delay was just an attempt to buy them more time to find the next ridiculous request they would have made to try to keep “Obamacare” from being fully implemented.

Besides, they didn’t just want to delay the law.  Many Republicans were doing everything they could to simply not fund the law.  All of these measures were just last-ditch efforts to do whatever they could to try to buy time, hoping Republicans can take back Congress and try to repeal the law.

So this blame game Republicans are trying to pin on the media is simply pathetic.

Every time the media reports exactly what Republicans are doing it’s somehow “the mainstream media out to get them.”  It’s like when they’re asked questions they don’t know how to answer, suddenly it’s the media using “got’cha questions” to try to “trap them.”

They’re the only party that I’ve ever heard of where reporting exactly what they’re saying is somehow “liberally biased.”

Funny how facts, reality and the truth often seems to be bias toward liberals.

But at the end of the day, the reason why the majority of Americans blame Republicans for this government shutdown is simple.

It was their fault.

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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