Jon Stewart: Moderate GOP is “bipartisan curious” about shutdown

Jon Stewart goes off on a wonderful rant about how the the Republican shutdown strategy shows that the GOP fundamentally doesn’t understand life in a democracy.

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GOP Senator Mike Lee: “Suppose that you went to the grocery store, having been informed by your spouse that you need to bring home bread, milk and eggs.”

Jon Stewart: Alright, so you believe that you’re a family man, running errands for “French Toast” day. What could be more wholesome?

Lee: “But we won’t allow you to buy just bread, milks and eggs. In order to buy these items at this store, we will also require you to purchase just a half ton of iron ore, a bucket of nails, a book about cowboy poetry and a Barry Manilow album.”

Stewart: You’re a family man running errands for French Toast day forced to buy poetry and gayish music.

Lee: “That in some ways is the way that we’re asked to spend money here in Congress.”

Stewart: Oh I get it. You’re saying, some people in Congress are being forced to pay for some stuff they don’t want, and that’s not fair. But unfortunately, that’s called being in a country with some people who aren’t exactly you.

So let’s talk about what’s really happening at that store.  Everybody chipped in and gave you money to go the store to buy milk, bread and eggs. And then you decided, on your own, “you know what, I don’t f’g like eggs,, so I’m just gonna buy milk and bread.”

And everybody else is like, “we passed a law that you would buy milk, bread and eggs, and the Supreme Court upheld that shopping list, and that’s when you burned the f’g store down.”

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29 Responses to “Jon Stewart: Moderate GOP is “bipartisan curious” about shutdown”

  1. ronbo says:

    Always be reminding people that Social Security is not an “entitlement”; it was bought and paid for directly by Citizens. The only thing the Federal Government did to the SS fund is … spend it.

  2. jgcarter56 says:

    People say that moderate Republicans are afraid of being primaried if they vote for the good of their constituents and the country instead of voting with the extremist Republicans. So basically, those people are saying that moderate Republicans are cowards (I prefer a word that starts with ‘p’ that is sometimes used to describe cats but ‘cowards’ will do). Can’t argue with that.

  3. dorncqr says:

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  4. Naja pallida says:

    All new series on TLC…

  5. karmanot says:

    Yep, an amoebae swarm.

  6. karmanot says:

    That works! :-)

  7. karmanot says:

    Entitlement reform: cut Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security—-Obozo’s favorite bi-partisan Kabuki.

  8. karmanot says:

    Didn’t Divine make a movie just like that?

  9. BeccaM says:

    I could not agree more. I need more up-arrows/likes.

  10. Naja pallida says:

    There is never an acceptable reason to shut down the government. Ever. The fundamental job of members of Congress is specifically to keep government running, even if it means making hard choices that they don’t want to make.

  11. BeccaM says:

    They’ve even said that’s their goal. To cripple the federal government permanently.

    A plutocratic oligarchy is much easier to impose and maintain over fifty fragmented, isolated, and powerless states.

  12. Naja pallida says:

    It doesn’t feel like an act of dominance to me. Have you ever seen an actual cat fight? The cat that is losing often shits and pisses all over the place, to try and discourage the superior cat from wanting to fight any more. That’s what it feels more like to me.

  13. nicho says:

    And the truth is, it should be the other way around. Certain things should not be run by private, for-profit corporations:

    1. Healthcare
    2. Energy
    3. Transportation
    4. Education
    5. Communication
    6. The commons — national parks, etc.

    These are all things of vital national interest and should not be in the hands of vultures interested only in short-term profits.

  14. Thom Allen says:

    Lee is sadly out of touch with real Tea Party Republicons. A real TPR wouldn’t get sent to the store by his spouse. He’d force “the wife” to walk to the store, barefoot and pregnant, to get the milk, bread and eggs, and she’d have to drag the ore and nails behind her on the way home. Once there, she’d have to cook, clean, check the weapons and prepare to have sex with her master when he arrived at his castle (in the trailer park). Later, they’d have a post-coital evangelical prayer meeting before master went on the internet to troll liberal websites and drink beer.

  15. nicho says:

    The Koch Brothers and their Teabagger Terrorists have wanted to shut the government down since the day Obama was elected. That’s all. Any “reason” they give for it is just bullshit.

  16. Thom Allen says:

    To paraphrase, “Simple minds think alike.”

  17. Thom Allen says:

    Your last paragraph says it perfectly.

  18. BeccaM says:

    And where the lemonade is laced with strychnine.

  19. nobonesl says:

    Nah. More like a lemonade stand with a guy
    named Vinnie who breaks peoples’ legs.

  20. BeccaM says:

    I think it’s becoming clear the shutdown was never about anything but the GOP attempting to assert dominance over the entire government, despite being only a narrow majority in one house of the legislature.

    First it’s about Obamacare. But soon most of their proposals demands don’t even mention defunding or delaying it.

    Then it’s about the deficit. Even though the shutdown is actually adding to the deficit.

    Now I’m hearing rumbles about “entitlement reform.”

    Hell, the GOPers still can’t even decide if the shutdown is terrible — and therefore the Dems and Obama are 100% to blame — or it’s no big deal, saves money (even though it doesn’t), maybe the gov’t should stay shut down for a month or two — and therefore the GOP deserves all the credit for standing firm against overwhelming majority opinions (which they also deny).

    Same deal with the looming national debt default. A third of the GOPers are yawping how this is a disaster if the Dems “let it happen.” A third are saying it’s no big deal, there’ll be plenty of money to keep on paying the bills even if the debt ceiling isn’t raised (contrary to financial facts and this curiously liberal-biased thing called mathematics). And a third of the looniest contingent are saying it’ll be fantastic if the U.S. defaults, that contrary to what the entire financial market and reputable economists are saying everywhere, it’ll ‘bring stability.’

    Yeah, the stability of bankruptcy.

    This is all happening precisely because Obama and the Dems let the Republicans engage in extortion and blackmail in 2010 and 2011. (And/or colluded with the GOPers, thinking that would be how they could enact more center-right neo-liberal BS policies, and just go on pleading lack of power to the increasingly pissed-off Dem base.) The GOPers took their hostages again exactly as they said they would, and will keep on doing so every time their village-burning strategy works.

  21. BeccaM says:

    There’s a great post over on dKos recounting how despite the GOPers pissing and moaning about the national parks and monuments being closed, right up until the shutdown, they were at the forefront of demands the nations parks all be sold to private companies.

  22. BeccaM says:

    Because the simple-minded and the grifters are all they’ve got.

  23. karmanot says:

    Oh yes, the greatest empire in recent history operates like a Tea Bag Mom and Pop shop!

  24. SkippyFlipjack says:

    Or let’s say your family all worked out an agreement for milk, eggs plus a couple other things you didn’t really want, but you all voted and that was the result. But since you’re the one with the car you say “OK, I know we had a deal, but f*** you I’m not going to the store, and I hid the car keys so f*** you.”

  25. nicho says:

    But the Republican terrorists appeal to a simple-minded audience. They know what they’re doing.

  26. Badgerite says:

    Permission to use scissors denied. You’ll poke your eye out, kid!

  27. Monoceros Forth says:

    Hell’s bells, I am sick unto death of these simple-minded analogies in which the United States is supposed to work the same way as a family or a corner grocery store or whatever other “common sense” comparison a politician dreams up. Comparing the ACA to buying iron ore? I mean, what the hell is that supposed to prove?

  28. dcinsider says:


  29. nicho says:

    Speaking of shutdown and food, employees at the Grand Canyon are stranded without either food or money. Many of these are people who are living paycheck to paycheck. Teat Party Traitors strike again at the heart of America.

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