Sen. Collins: ‘We Never Should Be in this Situation’

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On the 12th day of a government shutdown, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), along with other Republican Senators, leave a closed door meeting of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in an attempt to find solutions to possible debt ceiling default and end to government shutdown, on Capitol Hill Saturday October 12, 2013.

Republican Senator Susan Collins said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that she expects a resolution this week, as hopes fall on the Senate to find a solution to the impending debt limit and resolve the government shutdown.

The Senator from Maine was one of several optimistic politicians across Sunday morning talk shows, even as the shutdown enters its thirteenth day. The government is also expected to hit its borrowing limit Thursday.

“It’s taken far too long. We never should be in this situation,” Collins said. “But I do believe there’s going to be a resolution this week.”

Senator Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat, called the shift in focus from the House to the Senate this weekend a “breakthrough” on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

On the same show, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said a failure to resolve the debt crisis would result in “massive disruption the world over” and warned politicians against using “creative accounting” to get around the impending deadline.

The Senate convenes at 1 p.m. Sunday, though CNN reports that no votes are planned.



OK republicans, why not admit it? Pelosi had balls. Barbie's pal Ken has a bigger set than Bonehead.


The Republicans created this mess and have painted themselves into a corner.  Their obeisance to a panoply of zealots and their reliance on these people in order to be elected leads them to adopt increasingly bizarre positions that take them farther and farther from the center of the American electorate.

People have grown tired of the Republicans' all-politics-all-the-time approach to everything.  The endless drama of the Republican quest for television spotlights leaves the bulk of us exhausted and wondering why anyone needs to get so much attention, like a 2 year old whose parent passes by the candy display without buying anything.

In their zeal to pander to the increasingly outlandish of their most vocal and obnoxious supporters, Republicans have forgotten that the fulcrum of American politics is the center.  They've preferred to isolate themselves in a cocoon and to delude themselves with the mantra that this is a center-right country.  It isn't.  It's a centrist country, that craves a bit of respite from the chaos that seems to swirl around Republican activities.

The country relies on the government, and the citizenry knows this.  Unfortunately for them, the GOP doesn't.

As long as their loonies are the tail that wags the Republican dog, they'll continue to make fools of themselves and drag what remains of common sense in the GOP down with them.


If the weakest Speaker in history can't call a vote what difference does the Collins make?