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October 16, 2013 - 4:40 pm

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) released a statement urging his caucus not to attempt to block the Senate agreement to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling:

“The House has fought with everything it has to convince the president of the United States to engage in bipartisan negotiations aimed at addressing our country’s debt and providing fairness for the American people under ObamaCare.  That fight will continue.  But blocking the bipartisan agreement reached today by the members of the Senate will not be a tactic for us.  In addition to the risk of default, doing so would open the door for the Democratic majority in Washington to raise taxes again on the American people and undo the spending caps in the 2011 Budget Control Act without replacing them with better spending cuts.  With our nation’s economy still struggling under years of the president’s policies, raising taxes is not a viable option. Our drive to stop the train wreck that is the president’s health care law will continue.  We will rely on aggressive oversight that highlights the law’s massive flaws and smart, targeted strikes that split the legislative coalition the president has relied upon to force his health care law on the American people.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on the floor today:

“Throughout this debate, the public has been rightly focused on Obamacare — for good reason. This law is ravaging our economy, killing jobs, driving up premiums, and driving people off the health care plans they have and like, in droves. Its disastrous rollout is sign of even worse things to come. And the Democrat refusal to delay it reflects a stubborn ideological obsession that will do untold damage to our country. And Republicans remain determined to repeal this terrible law.

“But for today, the relief we hope for is to reopen the government, avoid default, and protect the historic cuts we achieved under the BCA. This is far less than many of us had hoped for. But it’s far better than what some had sought.

“Now it’s time for Republicans to unite behind our other crucial goals.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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The Stupid Party is not equipped to deal with the criminal enterprise that is the Democrat Party.

It appears that the Republican Senate minority leader has quietly RINOed himself into the party of slavery and Jim Crow. The Speaker of the House is either totally lacking in moral courage or he is a Democrat mole. Either way, it is clear that you can't trust the RNC or it's apparatchiks to represent the people that they allegedly represent.

What name should we choose for the party that replaces the Republicans?
47 weeks ago
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I've long ago stopped giving to the 'party'. I give to candidates only and even this is a risky bet. Hmmm. Why did I give so much money to Scott Brown, for instance?

I'm no dummy. I'm talking about his first run. He didn't get a red cent from me for his second run.
48 weeks ago
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That's it for me....I'm through with the republican party. No more of my money will go to the RNC or my state/county parties; I will generously support select candidates across the nation, but the "party" can go to hell. I am as sick as everyone else with Old Yellowstain and MM caving in....especially when we were on the cusp of a great victory. Sissy, wussy, chickensh!t, CORRUPT (MM's $2 BILLION earmark)....2014 cannot get here soon enough! There can be no negotiating with communist/marxist enemies of America - they must be defeated. The GOP 'establishment' cannot conceive how they have cut their own throats today...but they will soon.

Remember BENGHAZI!
48 weeks ago
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Unite?

F$#k that. I think I'm done.

It will be less aggravating and frustrating to just sit back with the popcorn and watch it all burn.

The Republican leadership, so proud of themselves for reaching a compromise that gave us nothing and Obama and the Democrats everything, have no idea how deeply they have failed.

Even knowing they would lose they should have gone down fighting.

Why bother continuing to support a party that won't fight?

Yes...... at this point it is best to just walk away.
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