Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray have reached a compromise budget deal that they hope will avoid another government shutdown and more bloodletting in Congress. Conservatives have reacted mostly with skepticism, but Ryan went on Meet the Press and offered this argument for why conservatives should support it:
RYAN: On our side of the aisle, we like the fact for the economy, no shutdowns. We also don’t want to have shutdown drama so we can focus on replacing Obamacare, so we can focus on showing better ideas and what this is coming in. Cause we don’t think people like this law and we don’t think it’s gonna get any more popular. We don’t agree on this. So each of us gets something out of this that we think is good.
So if they pass the budget deal the House can take more votes to repeal Obamacare. Because instead of the 40 or so previous votes in the House to repeal it could easily have been 50 or 60 votes if only they didn’t have to deal with that pesky federal budget. And because if they just vote to repeal it another 20 times, it will magically disappear even though they know it will never become law because the Senate will reject and Obama would veto it even if they did. This, ladies and gentlemen, is how the wingnuts think. This is what passes for serious thinking in the Republican party these days.