The difference between your side and my side, Homer, is that my side would never refuse to negotiate with your side on something as important as this major piece of legislation after they voted for it on strict party lines to begin with. That would have never happened either.'Lasting damage': Pete King on the Republicans' shutdown problem
"We're really living in parallel universes here," Rep. Peter King told me in a brief phone conversation from Washington this afternoon.
King, a longtime, periodically rebellious Republican congressman from Long Island, has been a loud, somewhat lonely voice for moderation over the last few weeks, railing against Senator Ted Cruz and the House Republicans who have instigated a shutdown of the federal government, which went into effect this morning after Democrats rebuffed Republican demands to delay the president's health care law.
The divide in the party was "between the guys who stand up and say, everywhere they go, people say you have to shut down the government, and crying on the street about Obamacare, and then other people from districts more like mine, where people are looking for pragmatic results," King said.
King said he was around his district all summer, and, even among the right-of-center Republicans, "nobody was talking about defunding Obamacare."
"I have a lot of interaction with people, and I'll tell you, nobody mentioned this to me all summer," he said. "These other guys come back saying it's all they heard about. Maybe we're living in different worlds, but I never heard a word about it.
"I mean, if I asked somebody,'Do you support Obamacare?' They'd say,'No.' Then I say,'Do you want me to shut down the government over it?' They'd look at me like,'Have a drink or something.'"
The Republican meltdown continues...
Tea Baggers vs. Moderates/sane people in the party
Bags and Bagnots
It's that simple. And I find simplicity is always the best way to explain things to the simpleminded...no offense...but you're really too gullible for your own good, Homer, and I'm just trying to help you because I like you.