South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy doesn’t think the GOP’s “defund Obamacare” strategy turned out to be such a smart plan. “What did Republicans get for 16 days of a government shutdown with people being hurt? We have absolutely nothing to show for it, other than a damaged brand,” the tea party favorite told The Greenville News, noting that Republicans were ultimately forced to capitulate to the president. Gowdy said that the GOP ended up worse off after the 16-day shutdown than the party had been beforehand. “We had a government shutdown, we were at the precipice of hitting the debt ceiling and
I would disagree. We now know who will stand and fight based on principles and represent the people who voted them in and who will fold like a cheap lawn chair (Bohner) and who will prostitute themselves for money and screw the taxpayer (McConnell). Those who voted against the American Taxpayer now have targets firmly affixed to their backs for all to see.
Trey, I love you to death, but we have even less to show for Benghazi.
Also, I think we tanned Obama´s hide on the government shutdown. 37% - he´s no better than Bush and he knows that we know it. The look on Obama´s face indicates he took a good lick. It also brought a laser focus on the Obamacare debacle - just when we needed to focus on it.
I started reading this thinking that Mr. Gowdy´s opinion was naive. Then I read this at the end and my suspicion were confirmed.
“I think there is less trust now than in the three years I’ve been here,”
Cruz and Lee are correct. Obama has never ever been trustworthy. He will only be moved by force. We had best brace ourselves and hopefully, next time, McCain and McConnell have learned enough to stay out of the way.
the end game was not to defund Obamacare. Everyone know that would not happen. The purpose, Which was very successful, was to show that the establishment republicans, when push comes to shove, support the dems at the expense of the conservative/libertarians. It is true the GOP did not win in this. The small government folks won by showing the country the way, just likes the GOP showed the Whigs the way in times past.
You have to look at this as an investment, with dividends to be reaped in the future. Cruz fought a battle he knew he would lose, and put up a valiant fight against a disaster which we know is coming, but which the majority of Americans see as either innocuous or a good thing. When bodies are piling up -- and people will die as a result of this if it is allowed to continue, of that there is no doubt -- we will have the incredible luxury of being able to say that we tried to warn people, and at the top of our lungs. Rep. Gowdy is not looking at the big picture, nor recognizing just how bad this is going to be.
Congressman Gowdy, you have the thanks of grateful Americans and admiration for standing strong. Failure is an opportunity. Had Republicans been united, this could have had a different outcome. Next time, we will know how better to get our message out and turn the tables on democrats and the liars in the White House. Pressure on the leadership to put out a cohesive message would help.
#9, if that´s true, if the end game was solely to "out" the establishment Republicans, then shame on those who came up with that plan, claiming that their real goal had to do with actual governance and concern for our country´s fiscal health. Such an end game is even more cynical than the Democrats on their worst day ever.
It sounds to me like he´s ticked off at the establishment Republicans who caved and shot their more brave brethren in the back.
Show me where he´s criticizing Cruz or Lee. He says people have to go home and see where they are with their public service. That doesn´t sound like an admonishment to Tea Party Republicans, it sure sounds like a stink-eye to McCain, Graham, King et. al.
The Moderates love this article. You can tell by how many posts they have made. They love to blame the TP for all the GOP problems. Ya know, kinda like the Left and the media blaming the TP for all the ills of the country. The Moderates , the Left and the media should really get a room. The TP has not been in charge of anything and yet everything is their fault. Simply amazing.
I really like Congressman Gowdy, but he is wrong on this issue. I respect Trey Gowdy, but I view Senator Cruz as much more courageous. Ted Cruz is fighting for everyperson USA, Trey Gowdy is inspiring, but has self limited. Reports are Gowdy will not run against Miss Lindsey, so he is not one of the bravehearts we need to get rid of the dead wood of the GOP
Trey is one of the good guys, IMHO. Read this article and the originals in his hometown papers and he seems to be critical of Zero. Even though he doesn´t appear to agree that this was just a battle in a long war, I´d take him and his ´country smarts´ (not to mention his experience as a prosecutor) over Lindsey Graham and most other Repub members of congress.
Fighting is good, it energizes the troops and exasperates the demented enemy.
O-Bomber was outed as a monstrous jackass for his treatment of veterans. People will definitely remember that. Voters are a jury. Anyone involved in a jury trial can tell you the jurors decide for themselves what to focus on.
My bet is that the combination of O-BomberKommieKare´s devastation of all our lives, plus POTUS POS´ snarky hateful attitude on display, will finally come back to bite him.
Midterms in year six of a presidency are almost guaranteed to cost the party of the POTUS, and the Senate races favor the GOP already. The House should hold, too.
Too bad it takes this long, but someday soon our long national nightmare will end.
And the O-Bomber era will be viewed as an American psychotic episode that nearly killed Uncle Sam and the American dream, but in the end could not.
Obama doesn´t have the humility to admit his signature legislation is a total failure, and won´t delay it. The exit has been cut off by the "extremist" Cruz.
There was only one outcome for the Congressional process. Cruz is a single vote in the Senate minority and knew he couldn´t affect the parliamentary outcome.
The difference is all in how the events of of the past month and coming three months are framed.
This was not about Congressional processes, it was about communication.
Obama has no good political moves, if Obamacare is as much of a train wreck as it appears to be today. And Cruz has set himself up to be the only guy in the room who recognized it.
This was a gamble on the near term effectiveness of Ocare. Cruz staked his career and reputation on Obamacare falling on its face. The Republican party (minus primaried statists) will cash in his winning next year.
Or, if Obamacare succeeds, Cruz will fade into oblivion.
It´s time for Republicans to bet the farm on their principles.
The only problem with the shutdown is that it didn´t last long enough. Just keep on refusing to raise the debt ceiling and if Obama dares to usurp the power of the purse defy him and warn those who make the loans that the borrowing was not authorized and so the money is not part of the nations obligations. The disaster was theoretical this time but after Obama collapses the economy and currency the disaster will be real and will happen no matter what vote anybody takes. That day is coming sooner rather than later because of this squalid deal. Is there nobody in this den of thieves that can warn the populace where this is headed?
This guy could not be more wrong, anybody who says nothing was gained by this probably needs to leave the world of Politics for ever. This effort has, among other things, all but assured that we´ve seen the last of Harry after his next election.
I don´t care who you are, no politician can survive a comment like Reid made about letting little children with cancer die until they get what they want. Gowdy doesn´t know what he´s talking about, although I do agree Repubs should have let it go past the deadline, just so people could see they were being lied to by Democrats and the MSM(yeah I know, whats new here)
His comments in this article and on the radio I heard earlier this week were critical of the strategy. Cruz was using the voice of the people to get the folks in DC to oppose OCare. House members did, but Senate did not. And Boehner negotiating and prior caves hurt negotiating power.
But it was vital for the GOP to put up some opposition to this horrendous system. These GOP leaders think without Cruz that their base would be with them? No, if there had not been a fight they would either sit out the next elections or vote 3rd party. Folks wet totally frustrated. Now there is some hope that there are some in the GOP listening and willing to fight,
And this should help with all the folks that are losing their policies and finding out that OCare is unaffordable.
And Obama was shown to be a mean spirited bully by his actions using the NPS.
The House GOP puts on some fine shows in committees but have accomplished nothing. What happened to fast and furious. Benghazii was a yr ago. Nothing. IRS nothing. Where are the select committees? How about the seal team that was shot down and killed. Lots of show, but no effective action.
FTA:"While poll numbers for President Obama and Democrats in Congress dropped during the shutdown, the opinion of Republicans in Congress suffered the worst. The public generally pinned most the blame for the shutdown on the GOP, according to polls.
An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll taken during the shutdown even found President Obama’s health-care law shot up in the public’s estimation during the shutdown, despite the troubled launch of Obamacare’s online exchanges. Before the shutdown, just 31 percent of the public said Obamacare was a “good idea,” while during the shutdown 38 percent of the public indicated they thought the law was a “good idea.”
This poll was discussed here. It was exposed as fraudulent. Principle should take precedence over polling period, but fraudulent polls surely shouldn´t have any part in decision making.
I like and respect Congressman Gowdy very much. I have no doubt that he chooses principle over polls. I disagree that this was a mistake. I hope he does go home and reflect that the only way we come out of this with nothing to show for it is if the opportunity is missed to stand together to educate the public about why "ObamaCare" is harmful.
I believe that no mistake we ever make in trying to do what is right for this country will be as bad as failing to stand together in the fight against those who are truly doing harm by trying to fundamentally transform our country from a Constitutional Republic into something different. "ObamaCare" is a major part of that planned transformation. It is about government control.
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