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So, That Happened

By The Reverend Published: October 17, 2013

In the end, what The Reverend predicted would happen...happened.

After the Senate voted yesterday 81-18 to pass a, basically, clean continuing resolution and a clean debt ceiling increase.....Speaker Boehner allowed the clean Senate bill to be voted upon in the House....(until last night something Boehner said he would not do)....and the bill passed 285-144. All 144 of the no votes were from Republicans, including my representative, Jim Renacci.

Last night's House vote could have been taken at any time before or after the October 1st government shutdown date, but Boehner refused in order to allow time for a good-old, new-fashioned, GOP tantrum to be thrown. The party of fiscal responsibility kept government closed long enough to take $24 billion out of the U.S. economy, according to Standard & Poor's.

The firm said the shutdown caused it to cut its forecast of gross domestic product growth in the fourth quarter by at least 0.6 percentage point. The agency lowered its estimate for GDP growth to close to 2 percent from 3 percent.

The cynic in me informs that doing damage to the economy leading up to the 2014 midterms wasn't simply an unintended consequence. It was part and parcel of the GOP political strategy. This is the second time in two years that House Republicans have damaged the economy with their kamikazee addiction. I'm thinking that's not coincidental.

President Obama's reaction seemed hopeful.....that lessons have been learned.

“My hope and expectation is that everybody has learned that there’s no reason we can’t work on the issues at hand. … Hopefully that’s a lesson that will be internalized.”

But out in the fever swamps where the shutdown was concocted, the lesson learned seems different, somehow....

Grassroots upset about this fight should be encouraged. We’d have never gotten this far with the GOP before 2010. Imagine now the possibilities in 2014 if we make examples of a GOP that refused to fight Obamacare.

Yes, Erick Erickson, be encouraged. Just imagine the possibilities if instead of having only 18 no votes in the Senate for a bill which keeps the United States government from defaulting....Republicans had 41, or perhaps 51. Just imagine that. Just imagine how much damage could be done.

Realist Republicans, on the other hand, have gotten the sackcloth and ashes out...

"This is a hard blow to the Republican Party," McCain told reporters.

Moving forward, this House Republican is not hopeful at all....

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), a conservative who has been critical of the hard right "lemmings" who shut down the government over Obamacare, lamented to TPM that they have "probably not" learned their lesson when it comes to picking self-defeating fights.

Fever swampers, however, seem unfazed...

Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) told reporters. "Somebody asked whether it would be different next time, in January or February, whenever we take this up again. The natural inclination is to say 'No, it will be exactly the same. But if we can figure out a way to drive that message home, that this is about fairness ... then the outcome may well be different."

Or, you know, not.

My complaint over last night's agreement is the timing factor. As I have written earlier, Jan 15 is only 12 weeks from now and Feb.7 is only 15 weeks from now. What I don't fully understand from Democratic leaders is why they would invite a repeat of the insanity....so soon. If Democrats are thinking that House Republicans and the Cruz Crazies in the Senate won't break bad again....then, THEY haven't learned their lesson.

The only solution to avoid these types of hostage taking events is for voters to throw the Tea types out of Congress. During this most recent crisis, Teas have been clearly identified as the hostage takers and ransom letter writers. They should have no place in Congress. They are too dangerous for the country. They have proven that repeatedly.

Because of extreme-jigsaw puzzle gerrymandering...drawn by Republicans ....prospects for removing Teas in the near future are not good. Safe districts and all. Not saying it can't happen, but I think it's unlikely until 2022, or so.

Until then, my advice is that of the late George Carlin....."sit back and enjoy the freak show."

 

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