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Politicians’ 11 dumbest tweets of 2013

Sen. John McCain holds up his phone to prove he’s not playing poker during a meeting. Hopefully he wasn’t tweeting either. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The Week

Twitter is one of the few places where the public can get an unadulterated dose of a politician’s true personality. That’s not always a good thing.

In a political world where elected officials’ every statement seems scripted and predictable, it’s almost inexplicable that PR staff and political consultants allow their bosses to run around with cell phones that can immediately blast their innermost musings to the world via social media. But they do. And we’re oh so glad.

These days, Twitter is one of the few places where the public can get an unadulterated dose of a politician’s true personality. And they consistently deliver — often with tweets that stand as towering monuments to their own poor judgment.

Herewith, we present, Politicians’ Dumbest Tweets of 2013.

(Disclaimer: The reservoir of stupid political musings on Twitter by elected officials is broad and deep, so by necessity, this list has been limited to pols doing business in Washington, D.C.)

1. Rep. Raul R. Labrador (R-Idaho)

Moments after a worldwide television audience watched the two stars of the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls tear off their waitress uniforms and gyrate on a stripper pole during a Superbowl ad, Rep. Raul Labrador’s Twitter followers were treated to this observation:

“Me likey Broke Girls.”

In Labrador’s defense, it was later reported that the tweet was mistakenly posted by an aide who thought he was posting it to his personal account. Still, if you’re handing over your Twitter account to someone who watches 2 Broke Girls, that’s a bad sign in the first place.

2. Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa)

When the Ohio State Buckeyes bounced the Iowa State Cyclones from the NCAA basketball tournament last March, Rep. Bruce Braley quickly jumped onto his Twitter account to vent his frustration. A bit too quickly, as it turns out.
“It’s official. Ohio State is the luckiest team in the tournament. #TrailOfTears”

The actual Trail of Tears, of course, refers to the forced relocation of tens of thousands of American Indians from their homeland — a shameful episode in American history that left thousands of innocents dead of exposure. Braley would later delete the tweet and say in an apology that he was referring to the “tears of Cyclone fans.”

3. Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas)

So, what’s the best thing about planet Earth? The best the firebrand conservative from Texas could come up with when considering the blessing of the planet last March was this:

“The best thing about the earth is if you poke holes in it oil and gas come out.”

To be honest, Stockman’s Twitter feed is a veritable goldmine of unfiltered musings about whatever happens to be crossing his mind at the moment. This one isn’t too hard to explain, given that his official House website brags that Stockman’s district “contains the highest number per capita of oil and gas refineries and downstream petrochemical plants in the world.”

4. Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-N.Y.)

Abraham Lincoln was born on April 12, 1809. And April 12 of this year, Rep. Clarke must have been racking her brain for something to tweet about. Well, how about something simple and factual about one of our nation’s most beloved former presidents? Can’t go wrong there, right?

Abraham #Lincoln was the 14th President of the United States.”

Okay, Rep. Clarke. First of all, nobody is interested in reading the answers to your fourth grader’s history test in their Twitter feed. Add a little value, okay? Second, if you are going to post simple statements of historical fact to Twitter — get the facts right. Lincoln was the 16th president.

5. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas)

This fall, Secretary of State John Kerry, following a set of marathon meetings that pulled in major figures from some of the most powerful nations on the planet, announced that a preliminary deal had been reached to rein in Iran’s enrichment of uranium. Cornyn, who had frequently spoken out about the dangers of a nuclear-armed Iran, had this to say in a November 23 tweet:

“Amazing what the WH will do to distract attention from O-care.”

Okay, we’ve long ago given up on the idea that politics stops at the water’s edge. But really? Do we need U.S. senators implying that some of our closest allies were hoodwinked into a major deal with Iran in order to provide cover for a botched health care rollout?

6. Valerie Jarrett (D)

Technically, White House advisor Valerie Jarrett was right when she posted the following in October:

“FACT: Nothing in #Obamacare forces people out of their health plans. No change is required unless insurance companies change existing plans.”

But here’s a hint: If defending the accuracy of your statements requires a sentence that begins with the word “Technically,” you’re already in trouble. Jarrett neglected to mention that ObamaCare effectively made many existing health care plans illegal, which meant the insurers didn’t have much choice about changing plans. In the middle of a fight over whether the president had been honest with Americans when he told them “if you like your health plan, you can keep it,” disingenuous tweeting probably isn’t helpful.

7. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)

The man who thought it would be great if Sarah Palin were one heartbeat away from the presidency should probably have had his cell phone taken away years ago. But McCain apparently still has his, and on February 4, when he heard that Iran’s then-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad jokingly said he wanted to be the first Iranian in space, the senator got busy tweeting.

“So Ahmadinejad wants to be the first Iranian in space – wasn’t he just there last week?”

Seems pretty harmless, if a bit random, until you see that McCain linked the tweet to a news article headlined “Iran Launches Monkey into Space.” Did we mention that McCain is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee?

8. Republican National Committee

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks took a seat on a bus, and then refused to give it up when another woman told her to. Parks was black and the woman who wanted the seat was white, and the rest of the story is civil rights history. This year, the Republican National Committee honored the anniversary of Parks’ refusal on its Twitter feed with a picture of Parks and a quoted her saying, “You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.” The RNC added:

Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in ending racism.”

The news that racism had ended came as a shock to the Twitter community. But rather than responding with joy and celebration, the Twitterverse heaped ridicule on the RNC in thousands of posts to the ironic hashtag #racismendedwhen.

9. Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Calif.)

Everybody makes a typo sometimes, but what Rep. Vargas posted to his Twitter feed about an event he attended last fall was so cringe-inducingly awful it must have made him consider hiring a full-time copyeditor:

“Providing the open remarks at my briefing that brought awareness of the sexual exploration of our children”

The kicker here is that the tweet remained live on the congressman’s feed for eight weeks before someone decided it might be a good idea to erase it.

10. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)

The tweet coming out of the office of Iowan Steve King on June 13 sounded like a call for help:

“20 brazen self-professed illegal aliens have just invaded my DC office. Obama’s lawless order gives them de facto immunity from U.S. law.”

Anyone who rushed to King’s office to try to rescue the endangered congressman would have been justly puzzled on arrival to find that rather than a violent mob, his office was filled with high school students — many proudly wearing their graduation robes — who were seeking to speak with King about his stand on the immigration bill.

11. Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas)

Yes, Stockman again. You really can’t go to the well too often with an account as prolific as his. This one came out early this year, from his reelection account, and touted the wording of his new campaign bumper sticker:

“Our campaign bumper sticker: If babies had guns, they wouldn’t be aborted.”

Set aside the fact that doctors have been shot and killed for performing legal abortions for a moment and marvel at the sheer weirdness of the image Stockman is creating here. Is this really a dumb tweet, or is Stockman some sort of undercover performance artist, gleefully trolling the Twitterverse? It remains to be seen, but he’ll surely provide more material to judge by in 2014.

 

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Mike Huckabee Drags Obama Into Duck Dynasty Controversy

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Leave it to the GOP to blame the POTUS for this fiasco…

Think Progress

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee said that Phil Robertson’s views of gay people and African Americans are “traditional” values that are endemic to Christianity, Judaism, Islam and suggested, during an appearance on Fox News Sunday, that President Obama subscribed to the same beliefs during the 2008 presidential campaign.

The potential 2016 presidential candidate has started an online petition in support of the Duck Dynasty patriarch, who was suspended from the popular A&E show after comparing gay relationships to bestiality and saying that black people were better off before the civil rights movement.

“I think it has come to a point in our culture where political correctness has made it so if you want to take a point of view, it is traditional. it holds to steadfast old fashioned biblical principals, that you’re supposed to just shut up and keep that to yourself,” Huckabee said. “There is a new level of bullying on the part of these militant activist groups, who if anyone says something that holds to the same position that Barack Obama held in 2008 when he was at the Saddleback Church with John McCain made it clear very clear that he opposed same sex marriage, and he said he did so because he was a Christian and because of his biblical views.” Obama embraced marriage equality in May of 2012. Watch it:

Pressed on the substance of Robertson’s comments by host Chris Wallace, Huckabee said that the remarks were probably “more appropriate for the duck woods than the pages of a major news magazine.” “I think I saw the world of the south a little differently than maybe he did,” he added.

Robertson likened homosexuality to bestiality and adultery in the now infamous GQ interview and said of African Americans living in the pre-civil rights era, “Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”

 

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Glenn Beck: Chris Christie a ‘fat nightmare’

Is there a full moon or something?  Weirdness is in the air…

Politico

Glenn Beck is slamming New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for his record — and his weight — calling the governor a “fat nightmare.”

“Chris Christie is a fat nightmare. He is a nightmare,” Beck said in an interview with CNN’s S.E. Cupp that is set to air on Friday’s “Piers Morgan Live.”

Cupp, who is guest hosting Morgan’s program, noted Christie will likely run for president in 2016 and is polling as the strongest Republican potential candidate against Hillary Clinton.

(QUIZ: How well do you know Chris Christie?)

“Don’t care. Don’t care. Don’t care. Don’t care,” Beck responded.

Cupp called Christie “the real world,” but Beck continued his attack, hitting Christie for his stance on gun control, global warming and unions — saying the New Jersey governor is a progressive, not a conservative.

“I’m done playing the game of, ‘Well, that means if we don’t vote for that guy, we‘re gonna get this guy.’ We played that with [Sen.] John McCain. We played that with Mitt Romney,” Beck said.

(PHOTOS: Chris Christie’s career)

When asked who he’d like to see on the ticket in 2016, Beck said he “I don’t know because I don’t trust any of them.”

“I’m not going to sell my principles out anymore,” Beck said.

 

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Jon Stewart Cannot Understand The Media’s Freakout Over Obama’s Castro Handshake

I love this guy…

The Huffington Post

You know it’s a slow news week when a significant portion of Monday’s news coverage centered around President Obama’s handshake with Cuban president Raul Castro.

Jon Stewart could barely wrap his head around the media’s subsequent fascination with said handshake, as he outline on last night’s “Daily Show.”

“Barack Obama [was] at a funeral celebrating Nelson Mandela, a man whose legacy is that he forgave and embraced his foes and tormentors, and thus inspired his country to a national and democratic rebirth,” Stewart said. “Attending that, Obama had the audacity to greet another world leader with a gesture so meaningless you can train a basset hound to do it.”

He continued: “What the f*ck is wrong with us?”

Plus, some of Stewart’s critics, like Sen. John McCain, have not exactly been without sin when it comes to shaking hands with our past and future enemies.

Check out the clip above for Stewart’s full missive.

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A Progressive Pope is Driving the Wingnuts Batty

Daily Kos

As Pope Francis comes more and more out of the Progressive Closet he begins to gain more and more pushback from the Rightwing who have long claimed that their Unrepentant Greed was Godly.

Unfortunately it isn’t, and the Pope has been most clear on this.

“As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems,” the pope said in the 224-page document that essentially serves as his official platform.

And the response has been truly amazing.  For example Palin’s overreaction to the Pope’s statements on Twitter actually made her do something she seems to never done before.  (Except for one other time to John McCain for possibly, maybe, making him LOSE!)Apologize.

She didn’t apologize for TrooperGate.  She didn’t apologize for “Refudiate”.  She didn’t apologize for quitting in the middle of her Term as Governor of Alaska.  She didn’t apologize for defending Dr. Laura’s N-Word use with “Don’t Retreat, Relaod! She didn’t apologize for her BLOOD LIBELaccusations.

But she apologized to the Pope.  I think something unique and different is going on here. 

The Pope’s comments apparently got deeply under the skin of Fox Business Host Stuart Varney.

The Raw Story

“Capitalism, in my opinion, is a liberator,” he said. “The free choice of millions of people is the essence of freedom. In my opinion, society benefits most when people are free to pursue their own self-interest. I know that sounds like a contradiction, but it is not. When individuals are free, we collectively are better off in every way, financially and spiritually.”

It doesn’t seem to matter to Varney that the Pope didn’t criticize “People’s Freedom or Self-Interest” – he criticized The Markets. He criticized the manipulation of those markets using financial speculation. It’s not an accident that Varney gets this wrong, because he’s a knave. A lapdog of the Markets.  His job is to make sure that his True Religion - Unfeterred Greed – is never questioned, never criticized and if it is that persons veracity and character has to beDestroyed.It just becomes a little difficult when that person – Is the Holy Pontiff.

See how he tries to rewrite and redefine the Pope’s words for him.

“I go to church to save my soul,” Varney said. “It’s got nothing to do with my vote. Pope Francis has linked the two. He has offered direct criticism of a specific political system. He has characterized negatively that system. I think he wants to influence my politics.”

A political system?  He criticized a Political System? No actually, he didn’t.  He criticized aFinancial System, by putting that system into a Moral Context.  A context in which it is sorely, severely lacking.  Politics is about how people make choices in who their Political Leaders will be.  In this case Varney is confusing Politics with Finances, and not hardly by accident.For years we’ve been hearing from the Right-wing how the U.S. is a “Christian Nation”.  How we should and must let our Christian Value guide how we vote, and how we govern.  That such considerations are what drives the anti-Choice movement, and the Prayer-In-Schools movement and the Creationist/Anti-Science movement – yet when the Head of the Largest Christian Organization in the World says that our financial systems should have a moral component.

Continue reading here…

 

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Go Home Sara Palin You’re Drunk

The author of the following blog post holds nothing back with her critique of Alaska’s half-term governor Sarah Palin.  It’s worth the read…

Jezebel

Former Alaska governor and current ??? Sarah Palin, who has a rare condition that renders her incapable of improvement, appeared on Megyn Kelly’s show on Fox News yesterday. And it was… even more of a shitshow than most Sarah Palin appearances. Even Megyn Kelly — tough, no-nonsense host Megyn Kelly — had trouble reining her in. Let’s watch.

Here’s just part of Palin’s completely incomprehensible rant in response Kelly’s opening questionFor your convenience, I’ve bolded the winning Wingnut Bingo words in case you’re playing along at home.

Palin: I think that remark is one of his more out of touch remarks that we’ve heard in recent days. No. What emboldened our enemies and what empowered our competitors was his promise to fundamentally transform America from being a solvent, free, exceptional country into something we’re not gonna recognize. Also, what has emboldened enemies is that he with doubling of our debt since he’s been elected, putting us on a path towards bankruptcy, and then locking up pipelines and resources that will result in us being more reliant onforeign imports for energy, and then of course he, having left behind, his administration having left behind our brave men in Benghazi to be murdered, and then of course there’s Syria, where he promised to bombSyria because in that civil war, Syria was going to bomb Syria, and then we never heard another word again about his threat to bomb in a foreign civil war, and then of course, most recently, Megyn, he, uh, using our military, those who would fight against our enemies. Our military. Our vetsShutting down their memorials. Andholding them hostage in terms of budget deals. Uh, threatening to withhold paychecks for our brave men and women. As for economic—

Kelly: Listen, but let me ask you — let me jump in

Palin: AS FOR ECONOMIC COMPETITORS! Corporate tax rate, the second highest in the industrialized world. Now that empowers our competitors.

If you haven’t won BINGO after that you should request a new card.

Palin’s always been fast and loose with both grammar and facts, but does it seem like she’s even more, uh, unhinged than she was when she first barged onto the national scene in 2008?

She’s like what happens when you put a bunch of paranoid right wing talking points in the microwave and then accidentally hit 10:00 instead of 1:00 and then you walk away and forget about it and 6 minutes later, you’re like what’s burning? OH NOOO! and you run to the kitchen and your delicious Annie’s Organic Mac N’ Crazy has turned into molten hot inedible magma.

You guys, John McCain thought she’d make a good Vice President. Remember when his campaign team spent a weekend trying to help her cram for her debate with Joe Biden? In retrospect, that doomed effort seems almost adorably naive. Sarah Palin, frowning with concentration over index cards containing facts she’d never learn. Even 5 years later. God. What a world.

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Remember the pundits who urged Obama to cave?

MSNBCSteve Benen

Even as the American mainstream turned against congressional Republicans during the recent crises, there were quite a few Beltway pundits who urged President Obama to give in to GOP demands. We talked earlier about what lessons Republicans may have learned from this fiasco, but I can’t help but feel curious about what, if anything, commentators learned, too.

Let’s take National Journal’s Ron Fournier, for example, who argued just last week that Obama “must negotiate” with GOP leaders. He said it was necessary as a “matter of optics,” adding that Republican “obstinacy” is “no excuse.” (Remember, in context, “negotiating” with Republicans meant exploring what concessions the president was prepared to offer – in exchange for nothing – because GOP lawmakers said it was a precondition to their willingness to complete their basic responsibilities.)
Obama ignored the advice, showed some real leadership, and prevailed. A week later, with the benefit of hindsight, Fournier’s advice appears rather misguided.
Which is what made the National Journal writer’s new column that much more interesting.
Just as he did to John McCain in 2008 and to Mitt Romney in 2012, President Obama defeated a lame Republican political team. The GOP’s right wing foolishly shuttered the government and threatened default in exchange for an unreasonable and unattainable concession: Scrap Obamacare. He refused. The GOP caved.
It was all so predictable.
Hmm. If it was all so predictable that the president would stick to his guns and Republicans would cave, why did Fouriner argue – literally just last week – that Obama should stop sticking to his guns and start making concessions to Republicans?
The rest of Fournier’s argument is somewhat confusing. He wants to know, for example, if Obama can “lead.” Didn’t Obama just prove that he could “lead” quite well by winning this fight? In this case, Fournier suggests “lead” means “making Republicans do what they refuse to do,” which doesn’t seem like an altogether fair definition of the word.
The column goes on to ask if Obama “has the guts to anger liberal backers with a budget deal on Social Security and Medicare,” failing to mention that Obama has already angered liberal backers by offering a budget deal on Social Security and Medicare. Fournier also asks, “Is he willing to engage sincerely with Republicans?” overlooking all of the efforts the president has already made to do exactly that.
The columnist also wants to know if Obama wants “a legacy beyond winning two elections and enacting a health care law,” overlooking the Recovery Act, ending the war in Iraq, decimating al Qaeda and killing Osama bin Laden, rescuing the American automotive industry, reforming Wall Street safeguards, advancing civil rights, and scoring several major foreign policy victories.
Fournier says there are “any number of conservative Republicans with a pragmatic streak,” overlooking the fact that each of them have already rejected the notion of a balanced compromise on the budget. Fournier says facts about the shrinking deficit are “both technically wrong and selectively misleading” when they are in fact both technically correct and objectively true.
Fournier also uses words like “governing” and “success” as synonyms for “a center-right debt-reduction deal that most credible economists consider wholly unnecessary.”
The piece goes on to argue, “There is already a lack of seriousness in the air.” On this, I heartily agree.
Update: Fournier believes the item above takes his post from last week out of context. I disagree, but I’m eager for fair-minded readers to consider the relevant pieces and reach their own conclusions. Here’s his piece from last week, in which Fournier argues that Obama “can’t cave,” while also arguing that Obama “must negotiate” with Republicans who were demanding he cave. Here’s his piece from this morning, in which Fournier argues that the president’s posture against negotiation led to a “predictable” victory.
I continue to believe a fair and informed reading supports the observations published above, but I would encourage interested parties to read further and evaluate the arguments on the merits.

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EXTORTIONISTS EXTINGUISHED

 

The Huffington Post

144 Republicans Vote For Shutdown & Default… SURPRISE! Conservatives Rally Around Boehner… Senate GOP Leadership SPLIT… Cruz: ‘A Terrible Deal’… McConnell Sneaks In Earmark… POLL: Tea Party Hits New Low…

The government shutdown is dead. Obamacare is alive.

The Senate voted 81 to 18 Wednesday night to reopen the federal government and raise the nation’s borrowing limit, hours before the Treasury Department faced the possibility of being unable to pay all of America’s bills for the first time in modern history.

The House followed suit, voting 285-144, to end the latest damaging battle of divided government in a polarized Congress.

President Barack Obama signed the legislation early Thursday. He said he would reopen the government immediately to “lift this cloud of uncertainty and unease” that settled on the nation and start fixing the damage.

“There is a lot of work ahead of us, including our need to earn back the trust of the American people that has been lost over the last few weeks,” Obama said in a brief speech at the White House.

The standoff began over the summer, when tea party Republicans, led by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, demanded that the House of Representatives lock government funding in a chokehold unless Democrats and Obama defunded  the Affordable Care Act.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said no, at first. But he later gave in, ignoring the advice of other Republicans, from Mitt Romney to John McCain (Ariz.) and Tom Coburn (Okla.).

Democrats opted for defend over defund, with Obama declaring he would not negotiate over his signature law, the budget or the debt while Republicans were holding hostages.

It set up 16 days of furloughed federal workers, closed parks, halted safety inspections, and the estimated loss of $24 billion in economic activity. The ugly headlines overshadowed the bumpy rollout of Obamacare.

Boehner and the tea party were finally forced to release their grip Wednesday by a bipartisan coalition in the U.S. Senate that said enough is enough, and the looming deadline of potential default starting Thursday.

“The House has fought with everything it has to convince the president of the United States to engage in bipartisan negotiations aimed at addressing our country’s debt and providing fairness for the American people under ObamaCare,” Boehner said after he finally waved the white flag. “That fight will continue. But blocking the bipartisan agreement reached today by the members of the Senate will not be a tactic for us.”

All that Republicans got for the bruising battle was a fig leaf provision on Obamacare and record low approval ratings.

The bill agreed upon by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will fund the government through Jan. 15 and extend the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling through Feb. 7. It also includes back pay for unpaid and furloughed federal workers and an agreement that both chambers would open a budget conference committee for the first time in years.

The lone change to Obamacare was minimal, and Democrats said they liked it. It involves putting tighter restrictions on income verification standards for people receiving subsidies in the Affordable Care Act’s new insurance marketplaces. It was a far cry from defunding or delaying the law, as many Republicans conceded the strategy to focus the fight on Obamacare had been wrong from the start.

Republicans did notch a significant victory in the final deal. It funds the government until mid-January at the sequestration levels specified by the 2011 Budget Control Act that ended the last debt showdown. But Republicans had won that concession from Democrats weeks before the House set out on its doomed effort to strangle Obamacare.

“The sad truth is, we ended up where we started,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). “We achieved our goal, but at a cost. It never should have been this way.”

Cruz grabbed one final moment in the spotlight, railing on the Senate floor against letting the Treasury Department pay the debts Congress has run up and putting federal workers back on the job.

“This is a terrible deal,” Cruz said. “This deal embodies everything about the Washington establishment that frustrates the American people.”

But even as Cruz spoke, he conceded defeat by accurately predicting the bill would pass “by a big margin,” and accused his Senate colleagues of abandoning House Republicans in the fight against Obamacare.

“I ask you to imagine a world in which Senate Republicans united to support House Republicans,” Cruz said. “It is heartbreaking to the American people that Senate Republicans divided as they did and decided to direct their criticism, direct their attention, direct their cannon fire at House Republicans and at those standing with the American people.”

“They became the Air Force bombing our own troops — bombing House Republicans, bombing conservatives,” Cruz said.

One of Cruz’s top GOP critics, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), countered later that the Texan’s strategy is what did the damage to their party.

“The one thing that politicians want is approval from the people. They strongly disapprove of all of us — they just disapprove of the Republicans more,” McCain said. “So hopefully we learned the lesson not to do this. This is a hard blow to the Republican Party. We’ve got a real task ahead of us to dig ourselves out.”

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) voted with Cruz, but nevertheless said he thought the fiasco had been entirely predictable because it was obvious Democrats and the president would never end Obamacare, and they control two of the three relevant parts of government. He had a tart piece of advice for Cruz and others: “Have a coordinated strategy that’s based on reality rather than one that’s not.”

Obama promised to keep his pledge to negotiate once the crisis ended, and focused on the budget conference as the opportunity. “We now have an opportunity to focus on a sensible budget that is responsible, that is fair, and that helps hardworking people all across this country,” he said.

Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), the House Appropriations Committee chair and a veteran lawmaker who has long bemoaned the abandonment of regular legislative procedures, sounded nearly as eager as Obama for the budget conference, which he has sought within his own conference.

“It’s time to take the threat of default off the table,” Rogers said before the measure passed in the House. “It’s time to restore some sanity to this place, to do this we all have to give a little.”

 

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McCain To Fox News: No, The Shutdown Is The GOP’s Fault (VIDEO)

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Sen. John McCain’s “straight talk” meme has returned…

TPM LiveWire

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) channeled his inner-maverick Friday during an appearance on Fox News Channel, repeatedly reminding the conservative network that the government shutdown was brought about by the quixotic effort to halt the Affordable Care Act.

When anchor Martha MacCallum asked him about the White House’s handling of the suspension of death benefits to military families, McCain said that while the administration deserves blame it was a GOP-induced shutdown that caused the problem in the first place.

“Let’s have a little straight talk, Martha,” McCain said. “[The administration] wouldn’t have had the opportunity to handle it that way if we had not shut down the government on a fool’s errand that we were not going to accomplish. The whole premise of shutting down the government was the repeal of Obamacare. I fought against Obamacare harder than any of the people who wanted to shut down the government.”

McCain’s appearance on Fox came shortly after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), the leader of the movement to defund the health care law, spoke at the Values Voter Summit. MacCallum asked McCain how he felt about Cruz “representing” Republicans at a meeting scheduled for Friday at the White House.

“First of all, Martha, please, he’s not representing us there,” McCain said, adding that he thinks it’s “unconscionable” that President Obama hasn’t negotiated with Republicans.

The interview closed with McCain rattling off a number of proposals that are “achievable” for Republicans.

“Defunding Obamacare is not one of them,” he said emphatically.

“Well, we’ll see,” MacCallum said, prompting sarcastic laughter from the senator.

“I guarantee it,” McCain said. “Not only will you see, I guarantee it.”

 

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Afternoon Blog Roundup – 9-25-2013

The Wendy Davis difference

Feud over car rearview cameras

Is Newt Fronting for a Dubious PAC?

Nairobi attack puts spotlight on mall safety

Hatch reflects on a ‘pretty darn fine president’

5 Worst Moments Of Ted Cruz’s Fake Filbuster

Washington dysfunction threatens US economy

Bernie Sanders: Cruz Is ‘Succeeding’ In Gaining Media Attention

White Supremacist’s Plan To Form Aryan Enclave Threatened By Health Violations

John McCain Defends Obamacare, Slams Ted Cruz For Comparing Implementation To Nazi Appeasement

 

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