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September 30, 2010

QUOTE OF THE DAY.... Last week, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) said talk of a possible government shutdown next year is "absurd," and the very idea is little more than "the left" and "the media" attempting to "create an issue that doesn't exist."

With that in mind, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele was asked yesterday about "the possibility of a government shutdown if Republicans get control of Congress." He replied:

"Well, anything can happen."

The comment comes less than a week after CNN pressed House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) on the issue of a shutdown, and he refused to answer.

Remember, contra Gregg, this is an issue Republicans are taking very seriously. Recent talk of a government shutdown has been pushed by a House Republican leader (Rep. Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia); a Republican Senate candidate (Joe Miller of Alaska); a Republican House candidate (Teresa Collett of Minnesota); and a variety of prominent Republican voices (Newt Gingrich, Dick Morris, and Erick Erickson).

Earlier this month, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) even demanded this his party's leadership sign a "blood oath" that they will gut America's health care system, even if the effort leads to a government shutdown.

We're well past the point of "anything can happen," and clearly in the realm of "what's likely to happen."

Steve Benen 10:05 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (11)

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Remember when in 2006 it was all the rage to "take impeachment off the table?" Maybe impeachment AND government shutdowns should be off the table this time around?

Posted by: Pat on September 30, 2010 at 10:17 AM | PERMALINK

Hey, look at it this way. Democrats had a pretty successful 2 years.

1) Healthcare's done, that alone is a big f'in deal.

2) The Dems along with the Fed helped stop this country from possibly hitting depression levels and screw the other side if they can't even say thanks for saving our hides. There's been pretty large investments in renewables but not nearly enough imho. We need a serious 10 year, 500 billion $ plan to transform this countries energy supply. Start with the major Metropolitan cities and work our way out. I would have rather the stimulus be 80% geared towards this but I don't think they had the time to really think things out. The economy almost fell off a cliff.

3) Some decent financial reform passed. Hopefully it works as successfully as its been sold to work. I guess if a major broker craps out we'll find out and we have yet to see how the transparency of derivatives, specifically CDS's helps to reduce risk.

4) I know the gulf still has problems but if there were still serious problems, you can bet Fox would be down there along with other stations trying to make this admin's response look bad. No news is good news. You can bet if Repubs were in charge, there would have been no moratorium in place while oil companies got their act together to come up with real emergency plans.

I know you've listed many other accomplishments Steve.

Anyways, it was a good run regardless of the results on Nov. 2 and regardless of Hamshers faux I'm a helpless hippy that attacks on a daily basis but cowers in helpless fear on a rebuttal from the WHs' rants on her blog while her leader followers all come to their queens defense.

Posted by: mikefromArlington on September 30, 2010 at 10:21 AM | PERMALINK

When Republicans can do pretty much anything they want, and we have a media that refuses to call them on their BS, the sky's the limit.

Posted by: terraformer on September 30, 2010 at 10:38 AM | PERMALINK

On the bright side, when the filthy stinking rich have finally siphoned all the money out of America, they'll all move to China where the new money is. Then we can have our country back.

I give it two years, tops.

Posted by: chrenson on September 30, 2010 at 10:45 AM | PERMALINK

The threat is only worth it if they CAN shut down the government. If Obama and the Dems make it clear that he will continue government operations through unconstitutional means such as simply having the Fed continue to buy government bonds or ignoring the debt limit, and that Dem Senators will not vote for impeachment, there is no shutdown.
Of course, Dem Senators would rather become Republicans than lose an iota of their precious, precious powers.

Posted by: JMG on September 30, 2010 at 10:57 AM | PERMALINK

I'm sure repubs are pretty torn over this: Yes, they would love to shut down the federal g'ment. But if they do, they won't be able to stage hearings on Obama's secret Muslim alliance to cancel elections and impose Sharia. Then there's the birther hearings. Then there's impeachment. The problem for repubs in shutting down the federal g'ment is that they won't be able to do the things they dream of.

Posted by: JoeW on September 30, 2010 at 10:57 AM | PERMALINK

Yeah, no 'uncertainty' with the oncoming horde of marauding legislating Rubes set to come to power next January. None at all.

Posted by: JRinDallas on September 30, 2010 at 11:21 AM | PERMALINK

I think the only "uncertainty" we face after a Republican takeover in November is whether they'll use a lubricant or not.

Posted by: chrenson on September 30, 2010 at 11:35 AM | PERMALINK

The GOP will shut down the government:

http://noir.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=arXU3KkqYin4

Posted by: Dennis on September 30, 2010 at 11:43 AM | PERMALINK

If I know what the Republicans are going to do, all Democrats, including our illustrious leadership should know, too: when the Dems don't bend over and vote to repeal the ACA, the financial reform law, the 14th and 17th Amendments, and anything else conservatives don't like, the Republicans will shut down the government and say, "Well, we don't want to, it's bad for the country, but the Democrats are making us do it. It's their fault." And the freakin' media will parrot that because our guys will be too gobsmacked to articulate any kind of response.

Can't anybody here play this game?

Posted by: dalloway on September 30, 2010 at 1:07 PM | PERMALINK

Judd Gregg has been, and most likely always will be, a lying, whining piece of shit. And a draft dodger.

Posted by: Drewsz on September 30, 2010 at 8:15 PM | PERMALINK
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