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McCain: There’ll be no more government shutdowns — I guarantee it
Hot Air ^ | 11:21 am on October 17, 2013 | by Allahpundit

Posted on 10/17/2013 9:49:56 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

I wasn’t aware that Maverick, whose pronouncements now carry roughly the same weight with tea partiers as Obama’s, is in a position to be guaranteeing anything about how House Republicans might behave. In fact, here’s what one GOP congressman said last night after the final conference huddle:

As Republican lawmakers left the closed meeting Wednesday, some were already thinking of the next fight.

“I’ll vote against it,” said Representative John C. Fleming, Republican of Louisiana, referring to the Senate plan. “But that will get us into Round 2. See, we’re going to start this all over again.”

If by “guarantee” McCain means that Boehner would rather chew glass than go through this again, fair enough. But as we’ve just seen, Boehner doesn’t always set the menu within his caucus. Per Tim Huelskamp, there may be another bowl of tasty glass for him on the way:

Others view the calendar as a way to embolden conservatives before those elections. “I hope we eventually have a battle and I hope it’s directed long-term about what the answers are. By then we will have a lot of primary challenges already filed,” said Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp. “There are some folks that might change their opinion if they have a primary challenger. A number of those states will have already been through those primary deadlines that will encourage some folks to have some more backbone.”

There’s lots of reasons most House Republicans would want to avoid another shutdown — bad polling, caucus rifts, diminishing credibility when the leadership can’t win anything major — but that was true of this shutdown too and none of those factors stopped it. The point of the shutdown, I always thought, wasn’t to exert real leverage at the bargaining table with Obama, who was never, ever going to cave on O-Care, but to show grassroots tea partiers that House Republicans weren’t afraid to cross this line in the name of fighting the good fight. It was a litmus test for Boehner and the leadership, essentially, to show that they hated ObamaCare enough that they’d close down the government for awhile to protest it. They did, which is why House conservatives aren’t talking about ousting him even though the negotiations were a total debacle for the GOP. Point being, you never know when a new litmus test might arise — and if, per Huelskamp, one arises (or is engineered) in the midst of a hot primary campaign, Boehner might decide that chewing glass is the least painful option available to him.

I can imagine cases too where a shutdown would be fully justified on the merits, whatever the polling might look like. Imagine if Obama, flush from his big “win,” announces around New Year’s that he needs another $300 million from Congress to make Healthcare.gov run as smoothly as it should. The new government funding bill expires on January 15th so we’d be looking at another shutdown to start 2014 if the two sides can’t agree. Should the House pony up that $300 million and double down on Obama’s and HHS’s gross incompetence in building the exchanges? Of course not. They had three years to plan for this; at the barest minimum, any new funding would have to be conditioned upon delaying the law for a year. Obama would resist that, of course, on the assumption that he could and would win a new battle with Republicans over appropriating the money in the court of public opinion. And so we’d end up with Shutdown II. So much for Maverick’s “guarantee”?

Exit question: Am I hallucinating or does John “Wacko Birds” McCain, who accused a Republican colleague in the House of being a moron on national television less than 24 hours ago, actually warn the GOP at the end here to observe the 11th Commandment?


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: collaborator; mccain; sellout; shutdowns
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1 posted on 10/17/2013 9:49:56 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

2 posted on 10/17/2013 9:50:48 AM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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3 posted on 10/17/2013 9:51:03 AM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Because we must bankrupt the nation and destroy it, this is the Prime Directive for McCain.


4 posted on 10/17/2013 9:51:17 AM PDT by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

5 posted on 10/17/2013 9:51:26 AM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

McCain is an idiot. He should just go ahead and change parties.


6 posted on 10/17/2013 9:51:29 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

7 posted on 10/17/2013 9:51:38 AM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

8 posted on 10/17/2013 9:51:55 AM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

In other words another shutdown coming up in January.


9 posted on 10/17/2013 9:53:14 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Well, as long as “Emperor” McCain can guarantee it...


10 posted on 10/17/2013 9:53:15 AM PDT by apillar
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

John will you please shut up and retire.


11 posted on 10/17/2013 9:53:36 AM PDT by brooklyn dave
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
I'm pretty sure it's downhill from here. The GOP passed its highwater mark.

Look at it this way -- early in 2014, if we go toe-to-toe with Obama and demand something in return for a compromise -- will he blink? Why on earth would he ever consider blinking??? He's never had to do it before.

No. He will make demands. And that's that. He'll take a firmer stand next time than he did this time, because he knows -- KNOWS -- we will cave.

12 posted on 10/17/2013 9:53:44 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
...and then there's this bullshiite being officially circulated on DOD installation FB pages:

To All DoD Personnel: Today the Department of Defense is resuming normal operations across the world, now that Congress has finally restored funding for DoD and the rest of the federal government. This manufactured crisis was an unwelcome and unnecessary distraction from our critical work of keeping the country safe.

I know that each of your lives has been disrupted and affected in different ways. I regret the impact that this shutdown had on so many of our civilian personnel, particularly those who I was previously unable to recall from emergency furlough.

Starting today, we will be welcoming all of our civilians back to their normal duties. To those returning from furlough: know that the work you perform is incredibly valued by your military teammates and by me. I appreciate your professionalism and your patience during this difficult period of time, which came on top of last summer's sequestration-related furloughs. Your managers will have more information about this, but I can assure you that you will be paid in full for the time you were furloughed during the shutdown.

Now that this latest budget crisis has come to an end, we have an opportunity to return to focusing on the critical work of this Department. Unfortunately, Congress did not end the budget uncertainty that has cast such a shadow of uncertainty over this Department for much of the year. In the months ahead, they will have an opportunity to do so. My hope is that they will realize that these kinds of crises do great damage to our people, our national security, our economy, and America's standing in the world. Congress has a responsibility to govern, and it must fulfill those basic responsibilities in order to keep our country strong.

From the Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel

13 posted on 10/17/2013 9:53:55 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

FUJM


14 posted on 10/17/2013 9:54:04 AM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

McCain’s brain has liquified


15 posted on 10/17/2013 9:54:08 AM PDT by svcw (Not 'hope and change' but 'dopes in chains' obama's America)
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To: LyinLibs

Excellent


16 posted on 10/17/2013 9:54:34 AM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: All
Video of CNN interview with McCain explaining. at the website.website.
17 posted on 10/17/2013 9:55:11 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
I wasn’t aware that Maverick, whose pronouncements now carry roughly the same weight with tea partiers as Obama’s, is in a position to be guaranteeing anything about how House Republicans might behave.

Even if he were in the House, he's only one guy and not really in a position to guarantee anything, but he's not even a Rep!

It could be that what he's saying is "We've got something on Boehner now to keep him in line, which I can't go into detail about, but I'm quite sure he won't be going off the reservation and defending average Americans again any time soon!"

18 posted on 10/17/2013 9:55:17 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Sounds like the 'Banksters' got worried about their property (aka the American population of worker bees) when Obamatollah cut off food stamps 9am Saturday morning, triggering near-riots before they switched back on.

Thus, McTraitor assures the Banksters/UN/Saudis that he'll keep bleeding the USA and make all scheduled transfers to those foreign interests/enemies.


19 posted on 10/17/2013 9:55:19 AM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
McCain: There’ll be no more government shutdowns — I guarantee it

Tell it to your fuhrer, kapo.
20 posted on 10/17/2013 9:55:46 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

21 posted on 10/17/2013 9:55:50 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: svcw
McCain’s brain has liquified

Wow, with that much liquid you could make a...no, uh you could make...never mind.

22 posted on 10/17/2013 9:56:31 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Which is exactly what he will do if the senate is 50-50 after 2014


23 posted on 10/17/2013 9:56:55 AM PDT by digger48
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Time for your meds, John


24 posted on 10/17/2013 9:56:59 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
How many Minority Leaders are there in the Senate? McCain is going over McConnell's head. Isn't that insubordination in the Senate's Old Boys Club? If so, Mitch better grow a spine and gonads and put Juan in his place. (Good luck with that Mitch the eunuch.)
25 posted on 10/17/2013 9:57:16 AM PDT by MasterGunner01
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(A BIG Hat Tip To Freeper Dogbert41 For the punchline!!)

"Following Obama out of the restroom,
McCain suddenly realized he missed a spot."


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26 posted on 10/17/2013 9:58:03 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Hotlanta Mike

I second THAT!


27 posted on 10/17/2013 9:58:54 AM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: brooklyn dave

The national debt was $3.655 Trillion when McCain first went to Washington. After 30 years of McCain it is now $17 Trillion. We should listen to him because?


28 posted on 10/17/2013 10:01:29 AM PDT by csmusaret (Will remove Obama-Biden bumperstickers for $10)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Can someone pull the plug on Juan?


29 posted on 10/17/2013 10:02:00 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: MasterGunner01

He is special because he was a Presidential candidate and a POW in the Vietnam War.


30 posted on 10/17/2013 10:03:21 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: TADSLOS

that traitorous drunken pos SecDef referred to a “manufactured crisis”, to our MILITARY, using terms straight out of the Valerie Jarrett playbook?

oh man

our country is so SCREWED

Now obvious that EVERY agency is politicized and partisan


31 posted on 10/17/2013 10:03:24 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

McSlime and his comrades must live in an airtight bubble to not know how much they are despised, hated, and held in utter contempt by conservatives.


32 posted on 10/17/2013 10:03:24 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Resign or switch parties.


33 posted on 10/17/2013 10:07:17 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To win the country back, we need to be as mean as the Libs say we are.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

He can say that because he knows that tucked away in the bill is an amendment that deceases the power of Congress.


34 posted on 10/17/2013 10:07:25 AM PDT by RetSignman (As Goes America, So Goes the World. A Communist America, A Communist World.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The Establishment has too well established itself...


35 posted on 10/17/2013 10:08:22 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: LyinLibs
Mitch McConnell

Looks too much like this


36 posted on 10/17/2013 10:09:39 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
All you can guaranteed, McJuan, is an inter-party bloodbath.

We voters will do whatever the hell we want, and we won't go back to the GOPe.

37 posted on 10/17/2013 10:09:42 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

38 posted on 10/17/2013 10:11:33 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

God Bless the memory of Bud Day, but I think he was wrong about McCain’s good conduct as a POW. I believe he is The Hanoian Candidate. Everything he’s done since reflects it.

Not that they didn’t want to get rid of him.


39 posted on 10/17/2013 10:12:18 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

It is unfortuante but I suppose was inevitable, now wherever I see a GOP-e candidate I treat that candidate like a democrat. Actually, I treat them worse than the democrat. At least the democrat is being honest about who they are.


40 posted on 10/17/2013 10:13:38 AM PDT by FlipWilson
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

41 posted on 10/17/2013 10:13:41 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Cindy for the love of God put this demented troll in a home!


42 posted on 10/17/2013 10:18:41 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: LyinLibs

The useful idiots of the Democrat Party. As for John Benedict Arnold McCain for someone who has seen the brutality of communism up close and personal I find it amazing he is such a willing accomplice to it’s promoters in the USA.


43 posted on 10/17/2013 10:19:15 AM PDT by sarge83
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
You Hobbits need to get with the program

44 posted on 10/17/2013 10:20:55 AM PDT by McGruff (Mitch McConnell sold his sole for a Dam poject.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

PROOF POSITIVE that the old clown, McInsane, is now in the mid stages of DEMENTIA.


45 posted on 10/17/2013 10:21:27 AM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The GOP is sorry as hell. The RNC just sent me a third notice to to renew my membership. Went straight to the shredder.


47 posted on 10/17/2013 10:24:32 AM PDT by dowcaet
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I blame the North Vietnamese for not keeping this Liberal repub in a cage.


48 posted on 10/17/2013 10:26:14 AM PDT by Rappini (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: VideoDoctor

Since its clear that the shutdown was an Obama/Reid ploy it is also proof that McCain is fully on board with their agenda.


49 posted on 10/17/2013 10:29:20 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Just think!

On June 9, 1776, John Adams wrote from Philadelphia, "Objects of the most stupendous magnitude, and measures in which the lives and liberties of millions yet unborn are intimately interested, are now before us . . . ."

On June 11, a Committee was formed to develop a declaration of their intentions.

On July 4, 1776, a lengthy Declaration of Independence was adopted which changed the world! William Ellery, Rhode Island, later wrote that he stood where he could watch every person sign the document: "I was determined to see how they all looked as they signed what might be their death warrant. I . . . eyed each closely . . . . Undaunted resolution was displayed on every countenance."

What a contrast! Our ancestors, in less than a month, took the kind of courageous action that leaders who love their country take on behalf of liberty for "millions yet unborn," accomplishing in just weeks what no civilization had accomplished before.

Today, feckless pretenders to leadership, living like kings in previous monarchies, personally risking nothing, make excuses for inaction and allow the precious inheritance of freedom to be risked for the sake of political power.

50 posted on 10/17/2013 10:29:52 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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