By Leah Pickett | 0 comments
On Sunday's Face of the Nation, host Bob Schieffer interviewed Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX). Predictably, Cornyn repeated the GOP rhetoric that blames Obama and Democrats for refusing to negotiate. Schieffer asked Cornyn multiple times to explain why Republicans refused to employ normal legislative mechanisms to change policy and instead have resorted to saying, "I'm going to throw a brick through your window unless you give me $20."
At 1:10, Schieffer delivers his best line: "Senator, isn’t there something wrong when you say I won’t fund the government unless i can attach my personal wish list to the legislation every time we vote? I’d love to see the government find a cure for cancer, but I don’t think you can say I’m not going to pass and pass any funds for the rest of the government until [the National Institutes of Health] finds a cure for cancer. I mean, isn’t that just kind of the same thing here?"
Exactly. The GOP needs to accept that it sometimes doesn't get its way — and that shutting down the government is a dangerously irresponsible reaction. It's important for the media to call out the GOP on how ridiculous and illogical their talking points really are instead of pretending that this debacle is the result of "partisan gridlock." Make sure the GOP understands that the shutdown was a bad political move — pledge to volunteer to defeat Republicans for every day they keep the government shut down.
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