Lame GOP Talking Point: ‘I Never Voted To Shut Down Government’

On Maddowblog, Steve Benen highlights the problem of Republicans trying to escape responsibility for the Republican Shutdown of the federal government. Citing Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) as an example, Benen wrote (emphasis added):

[I]t’s not “disingenuous” to say Republicans were “playing politics” when they shut down the government for no apparent reason, since that’s pretty much exactly what happened.

But just as important was Tipton saying, “I never voted to shut down government.” I emphasize this not just because the Colorado Republican is misleading the public, but also because I suspect this will be what nearly all House Republicans say over the next year, when they’re forced to defend their fiasco.

The problem for the GOP is that the claim is so easy to disprove – House Republicans voted, en masse, for resolutions intended to fail because they wanted to shut down the government. Once the shutdown began, it was Republicans who bragged about the stoppage, and Republicans who admitted that they were responsible. The crisis was resolved when Republicans gave in.

How many times did Colorado’s Scott Tipton break ranks and vote with Democrats against his party’s ridiculous tactics? None.

Obviously, the congressman’s dishonesty matters on its own, but be prepared to hear most of Tipton’s GOP colleagues repeat the same lie quite a bit as the 2014 midterms draw closer.

Also, what are they going to do in January when another Republican Shutdown looms?

More info: In case ANYONE doubts that it was House Republicans who shut down the government
Politifact: Marco Rubio says he never favored a government shutdown

UPDATE: Poll Finds Anger At Congress Hasn’t Died Away Since Shutdown Ended

UPDATE: Laura Ingraham Forgets When The Government Shutdown Happened

  1. #1 by brewski on November 6, 2013 - 10:10 pm

    Golly, maddowblog really said that? That’s nifty. What next? Debbie Wasserman Schultz gets a new perm?

  2. #2 by Larry Bergan on November 6, 2013 - 10:37 pm

    Golly brewski:

    You know what a nifty binder is? You must be really old.


    • #3 by brewski on November 7, 2013 - 8:08 am

      Almost every job I have had I had a female boss. Try again.

      • #4 by Nathan Erkkila on November 7, 2013 - 12:55 pm

        Care to provide your resume with the list of past employers?

        • #5 by brewski on November 7, 2013 - 5:08 pm


          • #6 by Nathan Erkkila on November 8, 2013 - 1:41 am

            Because claims require evidence

          • #7 by brewski on November 8, 2013 - 8:30 am

            If that were the case then OneUtah would be empty.

  3. #8 by Nathan Erkkila on November 7, 2013 - 2:25 am

    It has hit the point in society where politicians can no longer lie. So if they want to put another nail in the coffin, then it’s their choice.

  4. #9 by Frank Kafka on November 7, 2013 - 1:21 pm

    obama the most evident example there Nathan…he’s painted with the liar brush, and there is no end of televized evidence for it.

  5. #10 by Maddow's Mad Fouls on November 7, 2013 - 6:36 pm

    The guy who is battling Romney for 10 years now, says that NBC and Bain Capital are partners. Is this true?

    He claims that the relationship is putting handcuffs on Rachael Maddow’s show and preventing her from telling the story about Romney being sued for Racketeering.

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: