Saturday, August 17, 2013

Last Call For Shutdown Countdown

If House Republicans really are buying this narrative, I'm going to enjoy hearing the words "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi" sooner than I thought.

House conservatives say grassroots support is building for their effort to risk a government shutdown to defund ObamaCare.

Conservatives who back the strategy said their spines have been stiffened by support at town-hall meetings.

“I have not heard, 'Don’t shut down the government over ObamaCare,'” Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) said, referring to meetings with his constituents over the recess. “I have heard, 'This law is not ready for primetime, and we need to do anything we can to stop it.'” Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) has held six events in his north Texas district so far in August and is leaning toward backing the shutdown threat.

He also said the federal government’s move this month to subsidize health insurance for lawmakers and staff required to enter ObamaCare’s exchanges is acting as an “accelerant” and “driving people into a froth” about shutting the government down over ObamaCare funding. 

“I'm hearing a lot of anger that is right beneath the surface, ready to erupt,” Burgess said. At one town hall, Burgess said support for the defunding threat was "virtually unanimous" when he asked for a show of hands. 

"Grassroots anger" will occur when the House GOP follows through on this mess and Grandpa finds out he may not be getting his Social Security check on time, Grandma may not be getting her Medicare reimbursement for this visit to the doc, Uncle Ted's delayed in getting his VA benefits, and Aunt Molly's not able to take the cousins to Yellowstone because the park's closed indefinitely.

But go ahead, guys.  Obama's already been re-elected, but guess how many House Republicans are facing re-election in 2014?

Why, all of them.

Roll the bones, boys.  Roll the bones.

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