Shutdown deal in the works

Let the historical revisionism begin. Take it away Teatards!

Rep. Labrador says it’s “absolutely false” that GOP sought Obamacare repeal. ” We have never asked for a full repeal of Obamacare…”

Imagine someone ostensibly in a position of knowledge said something utterly incomprehensible. Say for example someone on the board of the American Medical Association quipped that decapitation not only isn’t fatal, it can actually be good for the patient. Nowadays we’d attribute that to some clown seeking page views and Youtube hits. But those kind of crackpots have been with us since the beginning of time. They found a loving home in the modern GOP, most notably in the lucrative fields of anti-science histrionics, which is now bleeding over into pseudo-economics. Thankfully, we may have a reprieve:

Slate — Welcome to Day 16 of the government shutdown. Washington awoke Wednesday morning with only hours to go before the Treasury Department says the government will run out of money to pay its bills. But thanks to a bipartisan deal in the Senate—coupled with John Boehner’s newfound willingness to bring such a proposal up for a vote in the House—Congress appears on pace to end the shutdown and lift the debt ceiling either late tonight or early tomorrow morning.

John Dickerson, Dave Weigel, Matt Yglesias, and the rest of Slate will continue to bring you in-depth analysis from the nation’s capital. But below you’ll find a running list of today’s incremental action, rumors, links, and theories floating around inside the Beltway and out of it.

I remember the hard feelings from the 2000 Florida recounts. There are few similarities there to Obamacare, but the depth of anger over the results is at least comparable. At the time I actually leaned toward the GOP. But even so, I don’t recall a single dem politician coming out and threatening to destroy the nation over that outcome. Much less actually trying to orchestrate it.

And time has proven those concerns accurate: Obamacare is unlikely to cause another Great Recession or an unfunded two trillion dollar war overseas with thousands of dead and maimed Americans in the balance. Bush and his conservative apologists did both. But we dealt with that through the democratic process. Our opponents appear unwilling to follow suit. I don’t say this lightly, their tactics are right up there with some of the worst genocidal sociopaths in history. They’re also appallingly stupid.




  1. Reginald Selkirk says

    The articles I am reading say that Reid and McConnell have worked out a deal in the Senate. I am still wondering if they will be able to get it voted on in the House.
    Even if, that bill only fixes the budget and debt limit until Jan/Feb. Are we going to be doing this again 3 months?

  2. says

    Correct, it has to get on the floor and pass the House, probably meaning Boehner will have to cave and dems will save the Union. And indeed, we will be right back here on those dates. Whether or not Cruz and his clowns will get the same kind of traction remains to be seen. The CW is they won;t. that Cruz has torpedoed his chances for real influence for the rest of his term and any destroyed whatever long shot he had at the general in 2016. I personally hope that sociopath wins the nom though. Watching him get destroyed and the Teaparty blamed will be cathartic.

  3. brucegee1962 says

    I love that picture at the end of the article. Obama is the Antchrist — the savior of all ants everywhere. Bug Girl would be so pleased. What a good, kind man he is, taking care of the smallest creatures that way!

  4. Reginald Selkirk says

    that Cruz has torpedoed his chances for real influence for the rest of his term

    Let’s hope so. It is unfortunate that he is in the first year of a six year term.
    Houston Chronicle has regrets about endorsing Cruz in 2012

    When we endorsed Ted Cruz in last November’s general election, we did so with many reservations and at least one specific recommendation – that he follow Hutchison’s example in his conduct as a senator.
    Obviously, he has not done so. Cruz has been part of the problem in specific situations where Hutchison would have been part of the solution.

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