“Lemmings with suicide vests”

Republican Congressman Devin Nunes weighed in today about the insanity of House Republicans, and particularly the Tea Party wing of the GOP, planning to shut down the entire federal government tonight at midnight because the President won’t let them defund Obamacare.

He called the GOP Tea Partyers, forcing a government shutdown when polls show the move is wildly unpopular, “lemmings with suicide vests.”  The metaphor just begged for an image.  So now there is one.

Animals via Shutterstock, original image altered.

Animals via Shutterstock, original image altered.

From the Washington Post:

As a government shutdown looms, tensions are rising within Republican ranks.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) had choice words for fellow House Republicans who are willing to see the government shut down over their opposition to Obamacare: “Lemmings with suicide vests,” he called them.

“They have to be more than just a lemming. Because jumping to your death is not enough,” he said.


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38 Responses to ““Lemmings with suicide vests””

  1. J Ruse says:

    Nothing like a funny catch line for dim bulbs and happy cynics on the left to gravitate toward. This dim clown in a suit may pay for this come his next run for office. Proven he’s aiming low as an elected official, when his cartoon characterization of those determined to get limits on the fed gov spending orgy becomes the headline of every story on it. Well dealt, nitwit!

  2. Also, lemmings are not that suicidal. That whole “herding off a cliff” thing was exaggerated by a Disney nature film.

  3. Those are innocent meerkats, not lemmings! The lemmings must have kidnapped those poor meerkats and forced them to wear those vests, like in that John Travolta movie Swordfish!

  4. BeccaM says:

    …fetuses will remain protected.

    But not the walking female incubator units compelled to carry them.

  5. Thom Allen says:

    Cutting food stamps and other support programs very well could kill babies. But fetuses will remain protected.

  6. Whitewitch says:

    Okay I was going to down vote this…then I realized you simply love meerkat’s and could not bare them being defamed it this manner.

  7. Whitewitch says:

    I hate when that happens…I looked for a corset to add to my SteamPunk costume and now I am hunted by corsets of the “sexy” kind…which is not me really.

  8. fletcher says:

    Yes, lemmings actually get their vests from the same clothier as the bespectacled judge on Master Chef.

  9. fletcher says:

    He might add, “Shrew? You leave my wife out of this!”

  10. fletcher says:

    Gov. Pat Quinn in Illinois tried to do that with state legislators when they dragged their feet on some important issues. The courts last week told him he didn’t have the power to do that.

  11. fletcher says:

    But Teabaggers are similar to rats.

  12. Indigo says:

    Yeah . . . even Rachel is scared to take on Sochi and the anti-gay pogrom in Russia. It’s profoundly disappointing.

  13. TheOriginalLiz says:

    wait … those are photoshopped????????

  14. TheOriginalLiz says:

    No, I think the media is doing just what their corporate masters instructed them to.

  15. Rob says:

    The meerkats are 100% vested.

  16. Indigo says:

    Interestingly, the media this morning are reporting that the government is on hold because the Democrats refused to compromise. The media talking points need some work since, clearly, the Right Wing Terrorists are attempting to hold the government hostage.

  17. Ramon Nieves says:

    Haha. Those aren’t lemmings they’re Meerkats. Lemmings are similar to mice.

  18. mirror says:

    Political photo-shopping for an audience ignorant or uncaring about the actual natural world.

  19. lilyannerose says:

    What I would like Obama to do today is issue an Executive Order stopping all pay and benefits to Congress.

  20. HeartlandLiberal says:

    Ummm. I think those are Meerkats. Which is an insult to Meerkats, which are incredibly socially responsible animals. They share parenting, they are incredibly careful and alert in how the guard their young, and insure the best for the species.

    Quite unlike the current GOP, which yesterday demonstrated once and for all just how low they are willing to stoop to prove they are sheer, unadulterated evil who give not one fig for the 00% of Americans who are suffering from their destructive actions.

  21. Rob says:

    On the front page at 5:30 in the morning with insufficient coffee, it looked like the meerkats had accordions strapped on themselves.

  22. EdHandy says:

    Lemmings are way cuter, too. I assume the meerkats were picked intentionally for their upright stance and being easy to photoshop the vests onto.

  23. Naja pallida says:

    Cornyn was trying to shift blame to Obama on Twitter earlier today. You know, like its the President’s job to set the budget.

  24. Luigi Proud DemoCat! says:

    Well, I called John Cornyn’s office today and gave them Hell – including telling his assistant that she should be ashamed to work for him. Now, wherever I go on the Internet, Cornyn is stalking me with his ads.

  25. mirror says:

    Those are NOT lemmings. They are meerkats. The photo shop is a fail from ignorance and the assumption that everyone else is ignorant too, based on the lack of checking something so easy to check. Signed, meerkat defender.

  26. Naja pallida says:

    They haven’t passed any significant piece of legislation. At all. They haven’t even tried. And this shut down is actually going to cost the government hundreds of millions a day, not to mention create a backlog for many services. It is probably the most fiscally irresponsible thing they could possibly have done, short of setting fire to one of the US mint facilities.

  27. benb says:

    Honestly, the only reason the GOP House is shutting the government down is because they’re worried about their jobs. They’re so gutless they would kill babies if they thought it would keep them in office.

  28. PeteWa says:

    T-bag Terrorists.

  29. tardigrade says:

    Wait! Those are not lemmings…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemming

  30. FLL says:

    You can imagine the dialog in Congress. A sharp tongued congressman says to his Tea Party colleague: “You’re just a bunch of lemmings and shrews.” The bigoted Tea Party congressman’s hysterical response is predictable:

    “A shrew?! How dare you imply that I’m a shrew?! I don’t even look shrewish!”

  31. TampaZeke says:

    Lemmings are small rodents like shrews. Those are meerkats.

  32. Drew2u says:

    Remember when this wave of Rs came into power and their promise was to get rid of the pork in ‘bloated’ bills and pass clean bills?
    Remember also that didn’t last past their very first bill?
    El-oh-hell.

  33. Drew2u says:

    Yeah, but have you tried searching for stock images of lemmings that fit stock images of suicide vests? Lemmings wearing regular vests are difficult enough!

  34. Noah Easterly says:

    Dude, those are prairie dogs.

    These are lemmings: https://www.google.com/search?tbm=isch&q=lemming

  35. Did he? Probably because they beat the crap out of him after he said that. That’s FUNNY

  36. BeccaM says:

    Love it.

    However, the irony is Rep. Devin Nunes voted with the lemmings.

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