Sunday, September 13, 2015

Possible Gov't Shutdown Attempt Over Defunding Planned Parenthood Has Political Implications For GOP — Who Knew? Apparently Not The GOP

Tierney Sneed at TPM, in an article well worth reading on its own merits, quotes Senate Majority Leader John Cornyn (R-TX) and the number 3 GOPer Senator John Thune (R-SD) on... what else... the politics of the matter:


"I think it's nearly unanimous the view that a shutdown doesn't defund Planned Parenthood, and it doesn't help us maintain our majority so we can have some influence who the next members of the Supreme Court are and can elect a Republican president," said Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the majority whip, according to CNN.

Likewise, the Senate GOP's Number 3, Sen. John Thune (R-SD) also admitted the political costs of a shutdown when explaining to the plan to focus on the 20 week abortion ban, instead.

 “I think there’s a good, strong co­ali­tion be­hind [the 20 week abortion bill] who want to see that bill de­bated, voted on, and so I think it’s cer­tainly something that’s con­sist­ent with ad­van­cing the pro-life move­ment,” Thune told the National Journal. “I think a lot of the pro-life move­ment also re­cog­nizes that a scen­ario that might end up in a gov­ern­ment shut­down would not be good for the cause.”
The 20 week bill passed in the House earlier this year and has already been introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in the Senate. ...

It's all about the politics, the politics, the politics, and not about the women or the nation as a whole.

As noted by Sen. Corny, an attempt to use a shutdown to force defunding of Planned Parenthood likely wouldn't work anyway. Sneed explains:
Any budget bill that defunded Planned Parenthood would likely be blocked by Democrats and vetoed by President Obama. GOP leadership has acknowledged that such a shutdown fight could have political consequences for the party, as Planned Parenthood's popularity among Americans has continued despite the allegations. [Bolds mine. - SB]

Damn Repubs anyway; they do not share the goals of America's citizens, and they seem unable to tie their shoes when it comes to effective politics. Why do we keep them around?

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