The Republican blackmail continues as the NY Daily News slams John Boehner and Ted Cruz over government shutdown with another scathing cover. This comes as 10 million New Yorkers visited Healthcare.gov on Tuesday.
Andrew Sullivan poses a great question — “how does one party that has lost two presidential elections and a Supreme Court case – as well as two Senate elections – think it has the right to shut down the entire government and destroy the full faith and credit of the United States Treasury to get its way on universal healthcare now?” That shouldn’t be possible, as the American voter spoke loud and clear November 2012. This is blackmail, pure and simple.
Unfortunately, birtherism has reared its ugly head again and racism is lurking in the background. How else can you explain Newt Gingrich, who was literally forced out of his speakership position after the 1995 and 1996 shutdowns, is trying to de-legitimize the president once again by saying President Obama doesn’t know how to be presidential. The extremist elements within the Republican Party were always there, but the rise of the Tea Party gave them enough chutzpah to rear their despicable heads.
It’s a sad commentary that the US, which prides itself on its exceptionalism, has been reduced to a laughingstock on the world’s stage. Thanks Speaker Boehner, you’re doing a heckuva job.
Here’s the NY Daily News latest cover: