Busted! Two Republican Leaders Caught On Video Strategizing The Government Shutdown

October 4, 2013  |  

It’s day four of the government shutdown and America is still muddled in a stalemate between both parties. And from the private conversation caught on video between two oblivious Republican leaders, the Right has absolutely no intentions of backing down to end the tug-of-war with the Left.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) approached Minority House Leader Mitch McConnell  (R-Ky.) and though he had been warned that McConnell was still wired up from an interview with Kentucky’s WPSD, an NBC affilliate, Paul went in.

“I just did CNN and I just [said] over and over again ‘We’re willing to compromise.’ ‘We’re willing to negotiate,’” said Paul. “I don’t think they’ve poll tested ‘We won’t negotiate.’ I think it’s awful for [Democrats] to say that over and over again.”

Caught on a hot mic, McConnell responded “I just came back from a two-hour meeting with them. And that was basically the same view privately as it was publicly.” He was likely referring to the long session he had at the White House with President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday, Politico reported. McConnell labeled the meeting “unproductive” while calling the Democratic position “unreasonable” and “unacceptable.”

A babbling Paul then added that he is certain that the Republican Party will emerge victorious in the end. Unbeknownst to Paul and McConnell, WPSD was still recording the exchange of strategies between the two of them.

Their strategies confirm that conservatives remain unyielding. “I’m happy to have negotiations but we can’t do it with a gun held to the head of the American people,” USA Today quotes President Obama.

Obama pointed to Speaker John Boehner as one of the culprits behind the impasse. He, according to the President, refuses to “finance the full reopening of the government without conditions,” according to The Huffington Post. Boehner says his party will only end the shutdown after Obama acknowledges the flaws in Obamacare and agrees to negotiate some sections of the Affordable Care Act.

“Speaker John Boehner won’t even let the bill [which will re-open the government] get a yes-or-no vote, because he doesn’t want to anger the extremists in his party. That’s all. That’s what this whole thing is about,” Obama said at an event in Maryland.

The end of the government shutdown still seems distant though the toll it’s taking is slowly taking share. About 800,000 workers have been furloughed. Children are being turned away from Head Start programs and cancer clinical trials. Even the cops who responded to the Capitol Hill shooting are going to see a slow down in pay. Economists warn that if the government is still shut down after three weeks, we can see economic growth diminish from 2.5 percent to 1.6 percent. According to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, “It will take some coming together on the Republican side” for this economy-draining standoff to end.


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