McCain: There’ll be no more government shutdowns — I guarantee it

posted at 11:21 am on October 17, 2013 by Allahpundit

I wasn’t aware that Maverick, whose pronouncements now carry roughly the same weight with tea partiers as Obama’s, is in a position to be guaranteeing anything about how House Republicans might behave. In fact, here’s what one GOP congressman said last night after the final conference huddle:

As Republican lawmakers left the closed meeting Wednesday, some were already thinking of the next fight.

“I’ll vote against it,” said Representative John C. Fleming, Republican of Louisiana, referring to the Senate plan. “But that will get us into Round 2. See, we’re going to start this all over again.”

If by “guarantee” McCain means that Boehner would rather chew glass than go through this again, fair enough. But as we’ve just seen, Boehner doesn’t always set the menu within his caucus. Per Tim Huelskamp, there may be another bowl of tasty glass for him on the way:

Others view the calendar as a way to embolden conservatives before those elections. “I hope we eventually have a battle and I hope it’s directed long-term about what the answers are. By then we will have a lot of primary challenges already filed,” said Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp. “There are some folks that might change their opinion if they have a primary challenger. A number of those states will have already been through those primary deadlines that will encourage some folks to have some more backbone.”

There’s lots of reasons most House Republicans would want to avoid another shutdown — bad polling, caucus rifts, diminishing credibility when the leadership can’t win anything major — but that was true of this shutdown too and none of those factors stopped it. The point of the shutdown, I always thought, wasn’t to exert real leverage at the bargaining table with Obama, who was never, ever going to cave on O-Care, but to show grassroots tea partiers that House Republicans weren’t afraid to cross this line in the name of fighting the good fight. It was a litmus test for Boehner and the leadership, essentially, to show that they hated ObamaCare enough that they’d close down the government for awhile to protest it. They did, which is why House conservatives aren’t talking about ousting him even though the negotiations were a total debacle for the GOP. Point being, you never know when a new litmus test might arise — and if, per Huelskamp, one arises (or is engineered) in the midst of a hot primary campaign, Boehner might decide that chewing glass is the least painful option available to him.

I can imagine cases too where a shutdown would be fully justified on the merits, whatever the polling might look like. Imagine if Obama, flush from his big “win,” announces around New Year’s that he needs another $300 million from Congress to make Healthcare.gov run as smoothly as it should. The new government funding bill expires on January 15th so we’d be looking at another shutdown to start 2014 if the two sides can’t agree. Should the House pony up that $300 million and double down on Obama’s and HHS’s gross incompetence in building the exchanges? Of course not. They had three years to plan for this; at the barest minimum, any new funding would have to be conditioned upon delaying the law for a year. Obama would resist that, of course, on the assumption that he could and would win a new battle with Republicans over appropriating the money in the court of public opinion. And so we’d end up with Shutdown II. So much for Maverick’s “guarantee”?

Exit question: Am I hallucinating or does John “Wacko Birds” McCain, who accused a Republican colleague in the House of being a moron on national television less than 24 hours ago, actually warn the GOP at the end here to observe the 11th Commandment?


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Hey, Cindy. Your husband is absolutely bat-feces crazy.

Better have him committed before he harms someone.

(besides the destruction he has long wreaked upon the nation in general, and conservatives and libertarian in particular.

LegendHasIt on October 18, 2013 at 12:19 AM

He should be a Democrat–the braying jackass symbol so fits this near comical characterization of what the GOP sees as a leader.

Don L on October 18, 2013 at 4:59 AM

The GOPe will is has betrayed us.

Dongemaharu on October 17, 2013 at 12:27 PM

A long time ago. They are not so stealth complicit co-rulers.

Don L on October 18, 2013 at 5:04 AM

Next thing you know he’ll be telling us Guam will tip over and sink if we send too many people there.

He’s turned into a senile old buzzard. It’s time he retired before he does some real damage.

What’s that you say? “Too late?”

{+_+}

herself on October 18, 2013 at 6:49 AM

Why not just repeal the debt ceiling law. It doesn’t appear to serve as any limit on spending plus it interferes with real Congressional business, fund raising.

Nomas on October 18, 2013 at 7:10 AM

More noise out of McCain, he’s always ready to help the Democrats fight their battles. The Democrats have taught him civility very well.

savage24 on October 18, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Bring it on, old man.

totherightofthem on October 18, 2013 at 11:47 AM

How can you doubt John McCain after he completed the danged fence?

David Blue on October 18, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Please change his diaper before he really goes batty!

shorebird on October 18, 2013 at 10:44 PM

You won’t be around you turn coat douche bag!!

RdLake on October 19, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Don’t blame McCain; blame the morons who keep voting for him and all the others who are killing this country.

The biggest problem in this country isn’t the politicians–they are just the product of the voters; the vast majority of whom are under-educated, low information bio-masses who lack the basic intellectual curiosity to explore reality beyond their TV clicker and refrigerator of beer.

The bad news is that liberals lack the intellectual honesty to examine both sides of major issues. All they see are the rainbows and unicorns that can be bought with other people’s money.

BMF on October 19, 2013 at 7:02 AM

I can guarantee that McCain will never shut up as long as there are TV cameras on.

He’s the “Angry Bird” of the Senate, annoyed that he’s no longer a factor.

virgo on October 19, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Just because he was tortured during Viet Nam doesn’t give time the right to torture all if US now!

Surviving a POW camp does NOT make you smarter than everyone else, it does NOT make you capable of solving America’s problems, it does NOT make you the don / godfather of the GOP, it does NOT mean your nation owes you to the point where you are entitled to make serving as a Senator your job for the rest of your life – especially only to amass your own fortune / protect your own job / milk American tax dollars for your own personal benefit, & it does NOT mean you have the right to be an elitist politician who elevates himself above the Constitution & laws of this nation.

You once served this country, honored an oath to God and country, swore to protect and defend the Constitution and the rule of law. Now you are nothing more than a self-important, self-serving, bitter, old, egotistical sell-out way past time he retired. Do the nation 1 more act of service…RETIRE!

easyt65 on October 20, 2013 at 9:11 AM

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