McConnell: ‘There Will Not Be Another Government Shutdown’

Ted Cruz points fingers at fellow Republicans

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Following the 16-day government shutdown, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky promised on CBS’s Face the Nation that there would not be another shutdown.

Fellow Republicans joined the chorus of urging the party to move forward. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush said on Fox News Sunday that Republicans need to “show a little self-restraint” in attacking Obamacare, and Republican Senator John McCain said on CNN’s State of the Union that Congress should turn to immigration reform.

Senator Ted Cruz, however, didn’t step down from his history of attacks on Obamacare and pointed fingers at fellow Republicans on ABC’s This Week. “The reason this deal, the lousy deal was reached, is because unfortunately Senate Republicans made the choice not to support House Republicans,” he said.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned on NBC’s Meet the Press that the shutdown hurt the U.S. economy, but expressed confidence that it would recover.

[USA Today]

33 comments
jamesgordon
jamesgordon

Cruz  is a  nut , and  like  most  nuts he will  listen to  no one , In  fact  the  nuts in  Texas  who  support  this  nut is encouraging him to  be  even  more  nutty ,.so he  will  do  the  same  thing again and worse things . Best thing America  can  do is  flush  the  toilet  get  rid  of all  republicans , Them  when  the  Democrats  get  nutty  flush it  again.

Agno
Agno

I'm curious, if Cruz again tries to get a government meltdown going again in January, is there any possibility that due to the harm he is causing their party that they could eject him from the Republican party? Is that possible?

JugglingForCure
JugglingForCure

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said, "No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man."  The Republicans need to chart a different course

ChasHolman
ChasHolman

Ted's problem is he is a one trick pony on the ACA, but he simply has NO PLAN nor NOR ALTERNATIVE. (He doesn't play well with the other children and he seems incapable of knowing his weaknesses or strengths and has little if any capacity to deviate from his well conditioned 'one act')


Huge money and all the yakity yak in the world can't cover up Ted's extreme deficiency in the one thing that matters, 'what is the alternative'. And going back the way things were is never going to happen, so Ted, 'what's the alternative'.. 


Until he can figure that out, he is not much more than a balloon called Hindenburg flying in a lightening storm.. If I were on his ship I would be jumping about now if I had self preservation in mind for myself or my party... or my nation.

reallife
reallife

Keep going Ted Cruz... keep going... we're all with you... hear the parasites whining? another good sign

MrObvious
MrObvious

McConnell thinks he can reign in the crazies in the house.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

If the issue is the mostly Republican-caused national debt. then the Democrats should suggest a graduated tax based on total income targeted only to pay down the national debt.  It could start at a low figure, say 0.5% on incomes over $200,000 and go up another 0.5% every $200,00 to some max (`3%?, 5%?,9%).   If that is a REAL concern and not just a fund-raising ploy, the Republicans should buy this in a minute.  Personally, I don't think they give a d--n about the national debt as it wasn't an issue when Ray-Gun, Bush 1, or Bush 2 were president.  But if it is, then fix it and get it off the table.  Want to bet this will get ZERO traction as it isn't an issue at all but just another way to stop every idea that black man in The White House brings up.

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

Given the irrationality and delusion of the tp, and the "I have to stroke these morons to get re-elected" mentality of the less extremist GOP members, there WILL be another shutdown.  Not just the threat of it.

DavidStrayer
DavidStrayer

Cruz is not a fool, even if he acts like one.  He is a demagogue, cut from the same cloth as Joe McCarthy and George Wallace ... only smarter.

Any demagogue knows that the trick is to stay in the news, to manipulate those who can be manipulated and try to bully the rest.  

This recipe was successful (at least for a while) for all like politicians, and will probably be useful to continue to keep Cruz front stage, center.

Safe in his haven in Texas (which used to elect half way effective politicians once upon a time but seems to have lost its collective mind), he can pretty much say and do what he wishes and get away with it.  So don't expect him or his buffoonery to go away any time soon.

As for McConnell's prediction, he couldn't control the House Republican caucus.  Neither could Boehner.  And neither of them had the courage to try.  As a result, it's entirely possible that there'll be more shutdowns, especially since the President has grown a pair of cojones.

PaulDirks
PaulDirks

The notion that when something fails it's because you didn't do it enough, seems to be behind pretty much every tragedy you care to examine.

JamesJones2
JamesJones2

Cruz is self-serving demagogue.  His days of influence are limited. 

jmac
jmac

The next fight has been described as a "Perfect Storm" with lobbyists gearing up for a bloodfest over who will be cut and who won't.   I wouldn't put money on McConnell being right about a shut down.  

Why bother giving McCain's statement on immigration reform?    That's something I will put money on - there won't be immigration reform unless Democrats give up protecting those we've used for decades.  

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

It would appear that McConnell may have learned a lesson here.  But Cruz is clueless.

Another shutdown could be easily avoided IF the current bicameral budget conference actually does it's job and sends a bi-partisan budget to the House.

Lar5
Lar5

Another shutdown and the republicans will be extinct. Even their talk of one will destroy the party. How much of this nonsense do the think they can foist upon this country. Does the GOP/TEA really believe our citizens are idiots? The republicans should remember the Goldwater campaign and send Cruz and company a good history book.

jmac
jmac

McConnell says there will not be another government shutdown.  Well, McConnell's not in the House and 62% of Republicans in the House voted to keep the shutdown going (along with 18 Senators).     What bribe is he going to give to Boehner to rely on Democratic votes?

What's he going to do when the President and the Democrats call his bluff on no revenue?   Will they have some kind of closing  of loopholes but making sure the money is "revenue neutral".  In other words, the government can't use the money from loopholes to stimulate the economy or pay the bills?   Is Obama really going to buy into that?

Nothing has changed.  They're still going to hold a gun to the Democrats head and do nothing on immigration and push their agenda on economic matters - all for the ill of the country.     

sacredh
sacredh

What I like so much about the Tea party is that they're even trying to field a serious candidate for the White House. They're perfectly content to go for candidates that little are more than ideological statements that will get crushed in a general election.

fitty_three
fitty_three

Cruz might not have as strong a grip as he thinks on his state. Gerrymandering only ensures that the district stays GOP, not TP. With many in the GOP abandoning the baggers because of damage to the brand, even Cruz isn't in a secure position. 

I haven't liked the GOP because of Teh Crazy, but I would be happy to see the sane branch of the GOP push back. Take my prediction for what you will:

If McConnell's branch pushes back, look for the TPs' balloon to deflate with a loud blatter.

sacredh
sacredh

Sen. Ted Cruz, however, didn’t step down from his history of attacks on Obamacare and pointed fingers at fellow Republicans on ABC’s This Week. ”The reason this deal, the lousy deal was reached, is because unfortunately Senate Republicans made the choice not to support House Republicans,” he said.

Ted's Presidential ambitions are running roughshod over his commonsense. Again. He'll continue to play to the Tea Party base and think the base alone will get him the GOP nomination. Ruling over the ashes of a once proud party isn't much of a victory. Is he running for the White House or King of Texas?

sacredh
sacredh

It sounds like the gauntlet has been thrown down to the tea party. A less polite message maight be "you crazy baggers aren't f'n up our party anymore".

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

The NYT today had a story on the split between the TPers and the establishment republicans. 

Nice to see it play out on the Sunday shows. 

Lar5
Lar5

@Agno There will be no party. Cruz keeps firing his missiles and they all reverse course and land on the GOP/TEA. Eventually they will blast them into oblivion.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@jmac  

Brainless animals low down on the tree of life are surprisingly hard to kill.

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, the Koch brothers need to take stock and choose whether they want the big media bucks the TP fuels or a legitimate chance to make policy.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@sacredh He, and the Speaker, has to understand that his Tea Party constituents do not represent "all Americans."

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@Paul,nnto I read somewhere where the Tea Party members aren't too enamored with the rank and file GOP.  There is real hostility emanating from the Tea Party toward it's own.

CharlaWillieFrieze
CharlaWillieFrieze

@fitty_three @jmac WOW what a statement! Brainless Animals??? really??? What school did you come from PIGS University.. Calling someone Brainless because they have a different vision from you... What kind of home did you grow up in.. one who never let you share an opinion, speak your side, called you names, kicked your butt every time you opened your mouth, so now you have to blow your hate towards simple people who just disagree with your vision...WOW , Karma is a B*&#*.. Those who hate will be hated

CharlaWillieFrieze
CharlaWillieFrieze

@AlphaJuliette @sacredh Neither do the Democrats AlphaJuliette.. Dems don't speak for all America .but one half of the country is being treated like we are terrorist, bomb toting, stupid, lame, Anti-American, right wing fools... when all we want is stay with in a budget, Have lower taxes for a smaller government, Government wasn't meant support every American, it wasn't meant to be the end all for everyone.. but yet 1/2 of America is being called names to support the Dems, way of covering up the take over of America's Way of free life... Why?? What makes us such enemies to your thinking.. is it the average person you hate, or is it the Congress Politics you hate... I'd really like to know when did America become two different NATIONS and why??? What is in your back ground that keeps you from hearing the other side with peace, Open mind, and a brain to at least see there could be American people who might can all live together. Do you really hate 1/2 of America??? Really???


ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@AlphaJuliette @Paul,nnto It is time for the business community to get off their back ends and get involved as they will be the ones hurt in the next shutdown.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@AlphaJuliette @Paul,nnto That's true, and the feeling is mutual.

The microcosm is Cruz versus McCain but it's much larger. And where the rubber meets the road (writing checks) it's Demint versus Rove.


DanielJones2
DanielJones2

@CharlaWillieFrieze @AlphaJuliette @sacredh To me it would seem the Tea Party was the one that is non inclusive and full of Vitrol constantly screaming about "Taking their Country Back" You do realize that living within our means is a very simplistic answer to a very complex question right? And when you say you want a smaller government you do realize that would mean leaving some people hungry and out in the cold as well right?