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Crying baby
Not our fault!
After Democrats in Congress stepped in on Wednesday night and ended the Republican shutdown—a sixteen day temper tantrum that cost this country $24 billion—Republicans were left with nothing but their unanswered ransom note and a lot of pathetic excuses.

We had the Republican congresswoman from the state of denial:

“I’m not prepared to suggest that this has been a complete loss,” said Representative Cynthia M. Lummis of Wyoming.
... and Rep. Jack Kingston, the Georgia Republican who thought the shutdown and teetering on the edge of default was totally worth it since it allowed them to reconnect with their (apparently not-too-bright) base:
But on the other side, I think it was important to us to reestablish our brand as being against Obamacare ... sometimes our base thinks that we haven't driven the point enough, even though we've had something like forty different votes to defund it in one form or the other ...
... and it would allow Republicans to rev up for their next 40 or so votes against Obamacare because:
“... Democrats will have no choice but to reconsider our fair and reasonable proposals to delay the law,” Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Graves said in a statement.
... and really, they were just doing the country a favor because it:
... "clarified where each party stood," [Republican Sen.] Sessions said.
... because apparently the aforementioned 40 plus votes Republicans have held to defund or repeal Obamacare had left everyone in a fog on where each party stood.

But leaving all that aside, it's important to remember that the Republican shutdown wasn't really the Republican's fault. Because they were tricked by that tricky trickster, Barack Hussein Obama:

Barack Obama set the trap. Some congressional Republicans walked into it. As a result, the president is stronger, the GOP is weaker, and ObamaCare is marginally more popular.
Curses!

So, what comes next? If history is any guide, more ransom demands ... followed by more excuses. Only question is, how much will the next Republican tantrum cost this country?

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Originally posted to Barbara Morrill on Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 12:39 PM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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