Republicans spent all spring avoiding negotiation, but now it’s all they want.

The key talking point right now for the GOP regarding the shutdown is that the Democrats won’t negotiate with them.  If only they would, the GOP wouldn’t have to put a gun to the head of our economy.

Funny thing though, all spring the Dems tried to negotiate with the GOP, and they would have none of it:

For instance, through a Senate Democratic aide, here are all the times since this spring Senate Democrats tried to negotiate with Republicans by sending their budget to a bicameral conference committee. Every time, Republicans blocked the move:

1. 4/23 Senator Reid requested unanimous consent to go to conference, Senator Toomey blocked.

2. 5/6 Senator Reid requested unanimous consent to go to conference, Senator Cruz blocked.

3. 5/7 Senator Murray requested unanimous consent to go to conference, Senator McConnell blocked.

4. 5/8 Senator Warner asked unanimous consent to go to conference, Senator McConnell blocked.

5. 5/9 Senator Murray asked unanimous consent to go to conference, Senator McConnell blocked.

6. 5/14 Senator Warner asked unanimous consent to go to conference, and Senator McConnell blocked.

7. 5/15 Senator Wyden asked unanimous consent to go to conference, and Senator McConnell blocked.

8. 5/16 Senator Murray asked unanimous consent to go to conference, and Senator Lee blocked.

9. 5/21 Senator Murray asked unanimous consent to go to conference, and Senator Paul blocked.

10. 5/22 Senator Kaine asked unanimous consent to go to conference, and Senator Rubio blocked.

11. 5/23 Senator McCaskill asked unanimous consent to go to conference, and Senator Lee blocked.

12. 6/4 Senator Murray asked unanimous consent to go to conference, and Senator Rubio blocked.

13. 6/12 Senator Kaine asked unanimous consent to go to conference, and Senator Lee blocked.

14. 6/19 Senator Murray asked unanimous consent to go to conference, and Senator Toomey blocked.

15. 6/26 Senator Murray requested unanimous consent to go to conference, Senator Cruz blocked.

16. 7/11 Senator Murray requested unanimous consent to go to conference, Senator Marco Rubio blocked.

17. 7/17 Senator Murray requested unanimous consent to go to conference, Senator Mike Lee blocked.

18. 8/1 Senator Durbin requested unanimous consent to go to conference, Senator Marco Rubio blocked.

19. 10/2 Senator Murray requested unanimous consent to go to conference, Senator Toomey blocked.

“For six months I’ve tried to enter into formal budget negotiations with Paul Ryan, only to be repeatedly denied permission to negotiate by Ted Cruz and the tea party,” said Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash. “Now, a week into a government shutdown that he could end at a moment’s notice, Speaker Boehner is simply trying to distract from his constantly changing list of demands.”

The shutdown was what the Republicans wanted.  They have said so.  It’s the only way, as their party loses more ground, for them to get any leverage.  That’s what they think of the American citizenry right now: we are leverage.

The idea that the Republicans have pissed on upwards of a million federal employees directly (and all Americans indirectly) in order to force the obstinate Democrats to the table is a bald-faced lie.  If the Democrats made concessions now, they’d be lending positive reinforcement to underhanded tactics.  The Dems are willing to negotiate (the ACA as it was passed was the product of negotiation), but they’re not willing to pay a ransom that consists of undermining democracy – and they shouldn’t be.

  • Jasper

    I can’t understand why there’s a single person left on their side anymore who isn’t thoroughly convinced that their all compulsive liars.

    • Jasper

      How did nobody correct me on my their/they’re mistake? You guys are slipping

      • NicholasJohannsen

        You didn’t put a period on the last sentence if you are looking for corrections. :P

    • Baby_Raptor

      Speaking as someone who lives with a die-hard TeaBagger, it’s because the Teahadists are telling these folks what they want to hear.

      Contradictions get ignored. Reality gets updated every time the talking points change. And the sheep keep chewing grass, perfectly content.

  • baal

    I would think anyone with a half decent sense of ethics would quit the republicans. The image that keeps coming to mind is a bully who has your arm and is punching you with it, “why you keep hitting yourself?” Uh, no. The bully is the one doing the hitting.

    • unbound55

      Pretty sure you have to abandon your sense of ethics to join the Republicans to begin with…

  • Zinc Avenger

    Republicans are on the back foot when their message is confused.

    The Republican message currently seems to be the Democrats didn’t negotiate so the shutdown happened and the shutdown is a bad thing for America, but we caused it on purpose and we’re proud of it.

    • unbound55

      It really does remind you of a toddler that is proud of making boom-boom in their diaper, doesn’t it.

      • Artor

        More like the toddler who gets his diaper open and makes a big shit-smear all over the kitchen and proudly shows off his “artwork.”

  • Frank Key

    One wonders at the gall of the political party that almost single handedly destroyed the union movement in America now demanding negotiations with the President. smh

    • Baby_Raptor

      IOWYAR.

      • Frank Key

        Translation unavailable. Please restate using plain English.

        • Baby_Raptor

          It’s okay when you’re a Republican.

          The usual attitude of “Scream bloody murder when the Democrats do X, but don’t dare even look at us askance if we copy them!”

    • Jeff

      Especially since their current tactic, if employed by union members, would be classified as a strike.


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