Skip to comments.McCain: There’ll be no more government shutdowns — I guarantee it
Posted on 10/17/2013 9:49:56 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
I wasnt aware that Maverick, whose pronouncements now carry roughly the same weight with tea partiers as Obamas, is in a position to be guaranteeing anything about how House Republicans might behave. In fact, heres 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.
Ill 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, were 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 weve just seen, Boehner doesnt 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 its 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.
Theres lots of reasons most House Republicans would want to avoid another shutdown bad polling, caucus rifts, diminishing credibility when the leadership cant 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, wasnt 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 werent 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 theyd close down the government for awhile to protest it. They did, which is why House conservatives arent 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 Years 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 wed be looking at another shutdown to start 2014 if the two sides cant agree. Should the House pony up that $300 million and double down on Obamas and HHSs 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 wed end up with Shutdown II. So much for Mavericks 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?
Because we must bankrupt the nation and destroy it, this is the Prime Directive for McCain.
McCain is an idiot. He should just go ahead and change parties.
In other words another shutdown coming up in January.
Well, as long as “Emperor” McCain can guarantee it...
John will you please shut up and retire.
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.
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
McCain’s brain has liquified
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!"
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