Why Republicans would take advice from an ex convict who recently received his get out of jail card is beyond me. But the likes of Tom DeLay are stepping up to the plate, telling Republicans to hold firm on their threat to shut down the government.
In an interview on CNN, DeLay told host Chris Cuomo that the Republican Party would not take the blame if the Republican Party forced the government to be shut down over President Barack Obama’s health care reform law.
“This notion that it hurts the Republicans is totally wrong,” he explained. “Because in 1995, we won. We won the budget cuts we wanted. We showed Bill Clinton that we’d take him off the cliff and we got welfare reform and a balance budget. And we won seats in the next election. So, I don’t know where they come up with this notion that a shutdown hurts Republicans.”
Cuomo pointed out that then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) took a beating in the polls and Clinton’s popularity improved after Republicans forced the government to be shut down in the 1990s.
“What is your advice to your colleagues in Washington, D.C., looking at the debt limit situation, knowing what it can do to the country, what do you give them as advice?” the CNN host wondered.
“Hold firm, stick to your guns, stand strong — and you’ll ultimately win,” DeLay insisted.
“Even if you wind up screwing up the credit of the United States of America?” Cuomo pressed.
“It won’t end up screwing up the credit of America,” DeLay laughed. “That is all false notion. Every shut down — and there’s been many shut downs — frankly, the American people never miss the government.”