No one can blame you for wondering what the GOP hopes to get out of this week’s government shutdown. Mostly because they don’t even know.
Contrary to what some left-leaning media outlets would have you believe, serious Republicans and Democrats are actually working hard on finding a solution to the government shutdown. The problem is that some overtly theatrical figures are taking the spotlight in this row and making things worse.
To wit, things are so confusing right now that the GOP doesn’t even know what it wants anymore (hint: It was Obamacare you were mad about).
“We’re not going to be disrespected,” Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) told The Washington Examiner of the GOP’s apparent unwillingness to compromise.
“We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.”
That quote really just says it all, doesn’t it?
But like we said, serious Republicans and Democrats are indeed working in tandem to end the shutdown. Democrats are currently working on a “clean” continuing resolution, stripped of the language that would have de-funded the Affordable Care Act which was included in the original piece (and is to blame for the shutdown).
The new CR is absolutely and unabashedly another can-kick, but a needed one at this point. Most Democrats have said that they’ll vote for it while enough Republicans are publicly behind it to push it through.
But it’s Republican leadership that is stalling a vote, even as House Speaker John Boehner promises that he won’t let the nation default during the shutdown. Something tells me we can trust this guy.