We are seven hours away from a full government shut down, and there is no deal in sight. The Tea Party Republicans are threatening to shut down the entire government if the President doesn’t permit them to defund, and effectively close down, health care reform, AKA the Affordable Care Act, one day before Obamacare exchanges launch nationwide.
Things are not going well for the Republicans, as not only are the polls now against them – 87% disapprove of how Congress is handling its job – but their own members are speaking publicly about what a cluster-f this entire situation has become.
As an example of how things are turning against the GOP, the Miami Herald reports that Tea Party GOP Senator, and presidential hopeful, Marco Rubio got an earful on a flight today from constituents who are mad as hell about the looming shutdown:
Sen. Marco Rubio probably wished he was a face in the crowd rather than the face of Florida Republicans in Congress when he boarded his flight Monday morning from Miami to Washington D.C.
Passenger after passenger recognized Rubio and gave him an earful about the looming federal government shutdown being precipitated by Congress, a source on the flight tells us.
Nothing gets a member of Congress’ attention like getting yelled at in an airport. I know. I worked there. And had to deal with the “why did I get yelled at in the airport!?” question many a time from a distraught boss.
Clean Continuing Resolution
Keep in mind that GOP House Speaker John Boehner said again today that a clean Continuing Resolution – meaning, a bill to fund the government and keep it open, without adding additional partisan pork, such as defunding health care reform or taking a swipe at women’s reproductive rights, is “not going to happen.” And, according to Patricia Zengerle at Reuters, “several GOP House members have said there was no mention in their meeting of a clean CR.” The GOP House wants to shut down the entire government over their insistence that Obamacare be killed.
Here are some tweets that show how bad things are for the GOP today:
Chris Moody @Chris_Moody1m
Paul Ryan just told me there is no possibility of a clean CR coming out of the House by the shutdown deadline.
John Harwood @JohnJHarwood32s
House GOP member, asked after caucus discussion if any chance Boehner will put clean CR on floor tonight: “No.” If correct, shutdown.
Eli Yokley @eyokley8s
Wow. RT @jbendery: Kind of amazing that clean CR not even talked about in House GOP meeting. “Not at all,” according to one lawmaker.
Lemmings in Suicide Vests
Brett LoGiurato @BrettLoGiurato1m
Wow RT @sahilkapur: Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA): “The leadership has been backed into a corner by the lemmings” in the GOP.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) calls the Cruz wing of party “lemmings with suicide vests…because jumping to your death is not enough.”
Ted Cruz to Blame for Shutdown
Sabrina Siddiqui @SabrinaSiddiqui1m
GOP Rep. Peter King: “Ted Cruz should be blamed [for a shutdown] is all I’m going to say.”
Virginia GOP Governor Tells Rs to Stop It
James Hohmann @jameshohmann11s
[GOP Virginia Governor] Bob McDonnell: “My R friends have got to understand there’s no way on earth that the Pres & [Senate] are going to vote to defund Obamacare.”
Congress’ Poll Numbers are Abysmal
Jim Acosta @JimAcostaCNN44s
New CNN/ORC poll: How Congress is Handling Its Job – Approve 10% Disapprove 87%
The Lead CNN @TheLeadCNN18s
Brand new CNN poll numbers — approval for Congress is at an all-time low: 10%. #TheLead
Some Republican Congressman Have Had It
Jonathan Weisman @jonathanweisman1h
Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa: “I’m prepared to vote for a clean res tomorrow. It’s time to govern. I don’t intend to support a fool’s errand.”