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(Mother Jones)   House GOPer on government shutdown strategy: The only winning move is not to play   (motherjones.com) divider line 239
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2013-10-01 05:07:56 PM  
The Republican party is screwed. They'll be damned if they don't take as many people down with them
 
2013-10-01 05:11:14 PM  
The GOP got exactly what they wanted

/and we can only hope that next election they'll get exactly what they deserve
 
2013-10-01 05:11:59 PM  
The House GOP members who stubbornly insisted on blocking the Affordable Care Act as a condition of any funding resolution "are not tea party, and they're not conservatives," lamented a visibly upset Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), launching into his   riff about North American tundra hamsters. "They're anything but that. I mean, if you're a conservative, you're actually trying to do something. These people are just flat-out lemmings. That's all they are. It's like the lemming caucus."

Ok now that's god damn funny.
 
2013-10-01 05:12:52 PM  
Let's play Government Shutdown 2013.

WOULDN'T YOU PREFER A GOOD GAME OF CHESS?

Later. Let's play Government Shutdown 2013.

FINE.
 
2013-10-01 05:14:14 PM  
A Republican who claims the ACA was passed with "strongarm tactics", calling other Republicans who oppose the ACA "as bad as Obama". My brain... I don't know how... I...

I think reading the news today has given me a stroodhitueoumtnsko89dbm        i like pudding
 
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2013-10-01 05:15:17 PM  
They jumped.  Good.
 
2013-10-01 05:20:08 PM  
The GOP's complaining about this is crap. They can end this immediately - all you need is 17 GOPers to join with the Democrats and reject the next House volley. Just reject it, force a clean CR. Until they do that, they can shut their disingenuous heads up their own asses.
 
2013-10-01 05:21:44 PM  

Carn: The House GOP members who stubbornly insisted on blocking the Affordable Care Act as a condition of any funding resolution "are not tea party, and they're not conservatives," lamented a visibly upset Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), launching into his   riff about North American tundra hamsters. "They're anything but that. I mean, if you're a conservative, you're actually trying to do something. These people are just flat-out lemmings. That's all they are. It's like the lemming caucus."

Ok now that's god damn funny.


And Gohmert replied, "You can't have a lemming party without ol' Dick!"
 
2013-10-01 05:22:29 PM  

DamnYankees: The GOP's complaining about this is crap. They can end this immediately - all you need is 17 GOPers to join with the Democrats and reject the next House volley. Just reject it, force a clean CR. Until they do that, they can shut their disingenuous heads up their own asses.


Give them a day or two more of bad press and I think (hope?) they will.  I don't know what the hell they were expecting but whatever it is, they aren't getting it.
 
2013-10-01 05:22:35 PM  
Nunes seemed resigned to his party's fate. He affirmed his support for the party's leadership and the "Ted Cruz lemming strategy" it was adopting.

So he knows better and is voting for more stupidity anyway. Get f*cked, you spineless moron.
 
2013-10-01 05:30:24 PM  
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2013-10-01 05:31:36 PM  
 
2013-10-01 05:42:46 PM  
HEY

Subby stole my metaphor!
 
2013-10-01 06:16:49 PM  
This time, the fight that matters is within the Republican party, and that fight is over whether compromise itself is legitimate.** Outsiders to this struggle -- the president and his administration, Democratic legislators as a group, voters or "opinion leaders" outside the generally safe districts that elected the new House majority -- have essentially no leverage over the outcome. I can't recall any situation like this in my own experience, and the only even-approximate historic parallel (with obvious differences) is the inability of Northern/free-state opinion to affect the debate within the slave-state South from the 1840s onward. Nor is there a conceivable "compromise" the Democrats could offer that would placate the other side.

Link
 
2013-10-01 06:22:18 PM  
This is what you get when you vote for (R) republickers on the national ticket.
 
2013-10-01 06:23:48 PM  

cman: HEY

Subby stole my metaphor!


It wasn't you? Huh.
 
2013-10-01 06:23:54 PM  
I wish I could get paid to NOT do my job.
 
2013-10-01 06:24:51 PM  

Carn: Let the caving begin.



are either of them up for reelection?
 
2013-10-01 06:26:31 PM  

ManateeGag: I wish I could get paid to NOT do my job.


isn't that why we post on Fark?
 
2013-10-01 06:26:50 PM  
This is the prize for the Tea Party. They have already won. The only thing left for them to get is the entitlements.
 
2013-10-01 06:27:36 PM  

Carn: The House GOP members who stubbornly insisted on blocking the Affordable Care Act as a condition of any funding resolution "are not tea party, and they're not conservatives," lamented a visibly upset Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), launching into his   riff about North American tundra hamsters. "They're anything but that. I mean, if you're a conservative, you're actually trying to do something. These people are just flat-out lemmings. That's all they are. It's like the lemming caucus."

Ok now that's god damn funny.


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2013-10-01 06:28:32 PM  

ManateeGag: Carn: Let the caving begin.


are either of them up for reelection?


By definition they have to be. Every two years.
 
2013-10-01 06:29:01 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: This is what you get when you vote for (R) republickers on the national ticket.


FTFY
 
2013-10-01 06:30:42 PM  

ManateeGag: Carn: Let the caving begin.


are either of them up for reelection?


They're from the House, by rule they're all up for reelection next November like everyone else.

Either way, at this point, I wouldn't reelect a single person, no matter what their side is.  But until that happens, we're screwed.
 
2013-10-01 06:31:48 PM  
"They sneak around. They hide. They hold private meetings. They hold private conference calls. These people are actually the description of what's wrong with Washington. They're really no different from Obama because their politics are the same-gutter politics."

The tea party has gone so far to the right that they looped around and are now centrist Democrats.
 
2013-10-01 06:32:03 PM  

DamnYankees: The GOP's complaining about this is crap. They can end this immediately - all you need is 17 GOPers to join with the Democrats and reject the next House volley.


In theory, there are ten who are ready to cross over.
 
2013-10-01 06:32:47 PM  
FTFAAs he left the Republican conference meeting, senior members with Potbelly sandwiches passing him by, Nunes seemed resigned to his party's fate. He affirmed his support for the party's leadership and the "Ted Cruz lemming strategy" it was adopting.

This is what I don't get.  The guy says it's a bad plan, that it won't work, that it will hurt his party.  So, why the fark is he supporting it?  Anyone have an explanation?

/and, yes, Nunes really did vote with almost everyone in his party for the "lemming strategy."
 
2013-10-01 06:32:51 PM  
If you're not already completely defeated and nihilistic bout the state of the GOP, you should read Ezra Klein's interview with the National Review's Washington Editor and "expert" on all things Boehner, Tea Party and House Republicans.


Or you could just  watch Bertolucci's The Last Emperor and picture Boehner as Pu Yi and The Tea Party Caucus as occupying Japan.
 
2013-10-01 06:33:30 PM  
The House GOP members who stubbornly insisted on blocking the Affordable Care Act as a condition of any funding resolution "are not tea party, and they're not conservatives," lamented a visibly upset Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), launching into his now-standard riff about North American tundra hamsters. "They're anything but that. I mean, if you're a conservative, you're actually trying to do something. These people are just flat-out lemmings. That's all they are. It's like the lemming caucus."

Damnit.  Before the new districts went into effect, I would have been in this guy's district, and while he's still an (R), at least he seems to have a goddamn brain in his head.  Now that asshole Kevin McCarthy is my Congressman.

/I didn't vote for the guy
 
2013-10-01 06:34:29 PM  

ManateeGag: I wish I could get paid to NOT do my job.


I'm NOT getting paid to not do my job.
 
2013-10-01 06:35:16 PM  

eraser8: FTFA:  As he left the Republican conference meeting, senior members with Potbelly sandwiches passing him by, Nunes seemed resigned to his party's fate. He affirmed his support for the party's leadership and the "Ted Cruz lemming strategy" it was adopting.

This is what I don't get.  The guy says it's a bad plan, that it won't work, that it will hurt his party.  So, why the fark is he supporting it?  Anyone have an explanation?


Go along to get along.

If you don't vote with the party you will find yourself being challenged at your primary election by someone who will.
 
2013-10-01 06:36:27 PM  

HeartBurnKid: Before the new districts went into effect, I would have been in this guy's district, and while he's still an (R), at least he seems to have a goddamn brain in his head.


What the hell good is a brain in his head if he still votes in lockstep with the party (which is what he did on the CR)?
 
2013-10-01 06:38:04 PM  

ManateeGag: I wish I could get paid to NOT do my job.


You should be a multi-millionare "farmer."
 
2013-10-01 06:39:15 PM  

eraser8: FTFA:  As he left the Republican conference meeting, senior members with Potbelly sandwiches passing him by, Nunes seemed resigned to his party's fate. He affirmed his support for the party's leadership and the "Ted Cruz lemming strategy" it was adopting.

This is what I don't get.  The guy says it's a bad plan, that it won't work, that it will hurt his party.  So, why the fark is he supporting it?  Anyone have an explanation?

/and, yes, Nunes really did vote with almost everyone in his party for the "lemming strategy."


He's probably been pulled aside by the RNC and/or Herritage Foundation thugs and told if he doesn't play ball he'll get primaried and/or will be shut out of campaign funding.

Looking at his Congressional District, his district demographics are 45% California Latino and he plays for a team that just killed Immigration Reform and has members who openly claim latinos are 30X more likely to be drug mules than valedictorians.    I'm guessing he doesn't have a lot of wiggle room in the polls for pissing off the infrastructure and turning away support, money and resources.
 
2013-10-01 06:39:35 PM  
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2013-10-01 06:39:48 PM  

lockers: ManateeGag: Carn: Let the caving begin.


are either of them up for reelection?

By definition they have to be. Every two years.


Yep and Hampton Roads is home to naval and other defense contractors and federal employees, and they're probably getting squeezed pretty bad right about now.
 
2013-10-01 06:40:13 PM  

HeartBurnKid: The House GOP members who stubbornly insisted on blocking the Affordable Care Act as a condition of any funding resolution "are not tea party, and they're not conservatives," lamented a visibly upset Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), launching into his now-standard riff about North American tundra hamsters. "They're anything but that. I mean, if you're a conservative, you're actually trying to do something. These people are just flat-out lemmings. That's all they are. It's like the lemming caucus."

Damnit.  Before the new districts went into effect, I would have been in this guy's district, and while he's still an (R), at least he seems to have a goddamn brain in his head.  Now that asshole Kevin McCarthy is my Congressman.

/I didn't vote for the guy




Read the full article. The guy is upset because the Tea Party guys use the "same tactics as Obama.". In other words, they don't follow in lockstep with what the GOP leaders want 100% of the time.
 
2013-10-01 06:40:22 PM  
House Republicans still expelling hot air about funding their mini CRs while the Senate has gone home for the day.
 
2013-10-01 06:41:12 PM  

eraser8: HeartBurnKid: Before the new districts went into effect, I would have been in this guy's district, and while he's still an (R), at least he seems to have a goddamn brain in his head.

What the hell good is a brain in his head if he still votes in lockstep with the party (which is what he did on the CR)?


He's actually trying to be an asshole rather than just following other assholes. Pulling himself up by his own ass-straps, as it were. Like the goatse guy.
 
2013-10-01 06:41:58 PM  

Carn: DamnYankees: The GOP's complaining about this is crap. They can end this immediately - all you need is 17 GOPers to join with the Democrats and reject the next House volley. Just reject it, force a clean CR. Until they do that, they can shut their disingenuous heads up their own asses.

Give them a day or two more of bad press and I think (hope?) they will.  I don't know what the hell they were expecting but whatever it is, they aren't getting it.


They presumably were expecting the same gutless surrender they got the last five or six times they tried this type of "give us everything we want or the economy gets it" blackmail
 
2013-10-01 06:42:20 PM  

HeartBurnKid: Before the new districts went into effect, I would have been in this guy's district, and while he's still an (R), at least he seems to have a goddamn brain in his head.


No, he's just as much of a f*ckwit as the rest of them. He's big on the Paul Ryan "let them eat cake" budget, is into gutting environmental protections, supports torture, and has supported every other piece of teabagger nonsense to date.

Oh, and he also voted for the plan that he's complaining about now, so he's also a hypocrite. Never confuse Devin Nunes for anything resembling a competent legislator.
 
2013-10-01 06:43:07 PM  

jst3p: eraser8: FTFA:  As he left the Republican conference meeting, senior members with Potbelly sandwiches passing him by, Nunes seemed resigned to his party's fate. He affirmed his support for the party's leadership and the "Ted Cruz lemming strategy" it was adopting.

This is what I don't get.  The guy says it's a bad plan, that it won't work, that it will hurt his party.  So, why the fark is he supporting it?  Anyone have an explanation?

Go along to get along.

If you don't vote with the party you will find yourself being challenged at your primary election by someone who will.


100% this. I'm home sick all day, clicking between CNN, Fox, MSNBC and Fark. Loudmouth Ed Shultz hit the nail on the head. Citizens United. So much unlimited money to control and scare the shiat out of anybody who doesn't carry out orders. Not that the Dems don't have their share of big money overlords, but Christ, at least they aren't shutting down the government on purpose.
 
2013-10-01 06:43:55 PM  

HeartBurnKid: The House GOP members who stubbornly insisted on blocking the Affordable Care Act as a condition of any funding resolution "are not tea party, and they're not conservatives," lamented a visibly upset Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), launching into his now-standard riff about North American tundra hamsters. "They're anything but that. I mean, if you're a conservative, you're actually trying to do something. These people are just flat-out lemmings. That's all they are. It's like the lemming caucus."

Damnit.  Before the new districts went into effect, I would have been in this guy's district, and while he's still an (R), at least he seems to have a goddamn brain in his head.  Now that asshole Kevin McCarthy is my Congressman.

/I didn't vote for the guy


Oh yeah?  Well I've got Frank "Obama was stockpiling weapons for the Syrian rebels in Benghazi" Wolf (R-VA10) and I didn't vote for him either.
 
2013-10-01 06:44:08 PM  

ManateeGag: Carn: Let the caving begin.


are either of them up for reelection?


The whole House is up.
 
2013-10-01 06:44:53 PM  
As he left the Republican conference meeting, senior members with Potbelly sandwiches passing him by,...

I had never heard of Potbelly sandwich. They look very delicious. With the House cafeteria presumably shut down that appear a very tasty alternative. This may never end.

blogs.houstonpress.com
 
2013-10-01 06:46:01 PM  

sprawl15: eraser8: HeartBurnKid: Before the new districts went into effect, I would have been in this guy's district, and while he's still an (R), at least he seems to have a goddamn brain in his head.

What the hell good is a brain in his head if he still votes in lockstep with the party (which is what he did on the CR)?

He's actually trying to be an asshole rather than just following other assholes. Pulling himself up by his own ass-straps, as it were. Like the goatse guy.


Ewwwww.

BafflerMeal: [28.media.tumblr.com image 500x276]


Is that from Prince of Darkness?  I think it but I'm not sure.  Help me out here; it's driving me crazy.
 
2013-10-01 06:47:20 PM  

Cletus C.: As he left the Republican conference meeting, senior members with Potbelly sandwiches passing him by,...

I had never heard of Potbelly sandwich. They look very delicious. With the House cafeteria presumably shut down that appear a very tasty alternative. This may never end.

[blogs.houstonpress.com image 500x375]


Potbelly is a fantastic feature of living in the DC metro area.  It's gorram delicious.
moworldphotos.com
 
2013-10-01 06:47:41 PM  

eraser8: BafflerMeal: [28.media.tumblr.com image 500x276]

Is that from Prince of Darkness?  I think it but I'm not sure.  Help me out here; it's driving me crazy.


It is. I love that movie.
 
2013-10-01 06:47:56 PM  
If ANYBODY thinks the insurance companies are going to allow this herd of sheep to escape their clutches, he is miserably naive.

I bet Big Insurance is turning the screws on these Tea Jihadists now.
 
2013-10-01 06:48:22 PM  

Cletus C.: As he left the Republican conference meeting, senior members with Potbelly sandwiches passing him by,...

I had never heard of Potbelly sandwich. They look very delicious. With the House cafeteria presumably shut down that appear a very tasty alternative. This may never end.

[blogs.houstonpress.com image 500x375]


I'm partial to shooter's sandwiches, myself...

i.imgur.com
 
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