Rep. Bachus Already Deflecting Blame for Potential GOP-Led Gov't Shutdown

Talk about drawing your battle lines way too early. Before the election results are even in, pessimistic Alabama Rep. Spencer Bachus--likely to become chair of the House Financial Services Committee if the GOP wrests back control tonight-- is warning the world that Republicans won't stand for Obama vetoing their budgetary requirements.

ThinkProgressreports on Bachus's conversation with Fox Business yesterday in which he hinted that 1994 might call him up and ask for its disastrous Gingrich-led shutdown back:

"I would think when we send the spending bills to the president he will veto them, and then the hard vote will be when he sends them back and we will be faced with another situation where he will probably try to force us to shut government down and we are going to have to be brave this time."

The notion, of course, that the President would somehow cause a future shutdown by doing his job and thereby "forcing" the Republicans to actually start the shutdown is convoluted at best, moronically hypothetical ("But I would not have started it! You would have started it!") at worst.

But this is a glimpse of what's to come. Bacchus is getting out of the gate already attempting to cast aside the blame for his party's future ineffectiveness. That's not exactly a confidence-inspiring prediction, is it?

Read the transcript and catch video at ThinkProgress.


AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at November 2, 2010, 5:24am

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