Yeah, Joe Miller is just a little bit arrogant, speaking for the Senate GOP leadership.
In an interview with National Review, Alaska Republican Senate Candidate Joe Miller said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was receptive to the idea of a government shutdown next year, if the GOP retakes Congress and tries to undo Obama's agenda.
"There was a comment made at breakfast this morning about shutting down the government, and he reacted in a positive way," Miller said. "I'm not going to quote him, but I think that he recognizes that that's on the table."
McConnell's spokesman Don Stewart emails a statement partially at odds with Miller's claim.
"He has not called for shutting down the government," Stewart says. "What he has noted is that Republicans are united in their view that the government spends too much, taxes too much and has too much debt--and that Republicans are equally united in doing all we can to restore fiscal sanity to Washington."
....In other words, the goal is not a government shutdown, but if Democrats don't play along, a government shutdown might happen anyhow.
So Joe Miller puts a government shut down on the table, and Mitch McConnell concurs. Joe Mller says government shutdown, and McConnell can't, as Eric Cantor has, say no shutdown. Cantor said, of House Republicans, "we don't want to be seen as a bunch of yahoos." Apparently McConnell is fine with being seen as a yahoo, along with his buddy from Alaska.
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