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As Redstate.com's Erick Erickson joins Senator Mike Lee's (R-UT) fight to shut the government down rather than fund Obamacare, North Carolina GOP Senator, Richard Burr calls the Lee, Rubio, Cruz, Redstate plan "the dumbest idea I've ever heard of."
Not just a 'dumb idea', mind you. "The dumbest."
Oklahoma Republican, Rep. Tom Cole also called out the Mike Lee/Redstate/Rubio government shutdown plan...."shutting down the government to get your way over an unrelated piece of legislation is political equivalent of throwing a temper tantrum."
“I don’t think you ought to try to blackmail the administration on a fight that they won politically in the House, the Senate, and the Supreme Court by threatening to shut down the government,” he said.
Au contraire, says Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL).....if Senate Republicans do not heed Burr's and Cole's counsel, choosing instead "the dumbest idea" of "throwing a temper tantrum"....shutting down the government rather than agreeing to fund Obamacare.....young Marco claims..."if the government shuts down over Obamacare, it will be the president’s fault.."
Makes perfect sense, no? To a young Marco, experiencing, as it were, the new world of big league politics, and bruised badly from his brief infatuation with the dreaded "amnesty" Senate immigration bill he voted in favor of....threatening to shut down the government makes perfect political sense. The extremist-right voters Rubio alienated in the Senate immigration vote need wooed back to young Marco's camp....and the extreme measure of shutting down the government, defaulting on the nation's debt and plunging the nation's economy into a potential death spiral might just do the trick in winning the extremist voters back.
Meanwhile, the New Jersey GOP governor with a huge, oversized ego...Chris Christie....took on Kentucky GOP Senator Rand Paul's libertarianism Thursday....and pronounced it "dangerous."
Christie called the “strain of libertarianism that’s going through both parties right now” a “very dangerous thought,” and criticized what he referred to as “esoteric, intellectual” debates over civil liberties.
Christie is a full metal jacket Empire guy, an establishment guy who firmly believes in the Surveillance State. Even though the proof is wafer thin, Christie insists that the government's hoovering and storing of all Americans' electronic communications since 9-11...and all without specifically-targeted judicial warrants as the 4th amendment dictates.....are perfectly acceptable because, as The Dick often responded, it is just too dangerous to not blatantly dismiss the rights guaranteed under a silly and dusty Amendment.
Rand Paul fired back that Christie has little appreciation for the rights guaranteed in the Constitution....
Christie worries about the dangers of freedom. I worry about the danger of losing that freedom. Spying without warrants is unconstitutional.
Christie, a northern state Republican governor, ala Rudy "Noun-Verb-9-11" Giuliani, is a full fledged member of the "endless war" Empire Republicans, whose comments at Aspen actually reflect the only bipartisanship to be found in Washington these days.
Curiously, as Christie chided Paul over the government's "right" to violate the 4th amendment with impunity, the New Jersey bombastic one didn't answer how, if the Surveillance State is keeping the nation so very safe by tossing the 4th in the ditch, the Boston Bombers were able to do what they did a few months ago. But I suppose invoking the magical words "9-11" trumps any recent failures to "keep us safe."
These two incidents.....Lee's attempt to shut down the government, and Paul's attempt to restore the 4th amendment....are evidence of the fragile coalition the Republican Party is trying to keep from falling apart. Libertarian conservatives want to shut down the government over Obamacare, a law democratically passed and Supreme Court reviewed, a law extending healthcare insurance to those who need it. Establishment Republicans say that shutting down the government over Obamacare is the dumbest idea they have ever heard. At the same time, many libertarian Republicans disagree with Empire Republicans who insist on ostensibly trashing the 4th amendment in the name of some elusive "safety."
Naturally, I have no sympathy for Republicans in their current infighting situation. The reason the GOP is arguing with itself and fragmenting is because modern conservatism is dead. Conservative policies, whether economic or foreign, have proven to be huge failures for the American people. Blessing the rich while cursing the not-rich and looking for any opportunity to attack yet another foreign country is all that remains of the Party of Lincoln. It is exactly those two misguided policies which have set the nation back over a decade both with the world and with the average American family.
Conservatives may think I'm being unfair here, arguing that there is a rather huge GOP divide forming within it's own ranks. To prove I'm being fair.....read the non-partisan Norm Ornstein piece in the Atlantic. Ornstein informs us that there are now 5 Republican Parties.