“We knew shutting down the government in 1995 was not going to work for us. It helped Bill Clinton get reelected. I refuse to help Barack Obama get reelected by marching Republicans into a position where we have co-ownership of a bad economy.” - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, on the Laura Ingraham Show Wednesday.
At least one Republican leader is willing to get to the point: the GOP leadership does not care about reducing the deficit. They don’t care about the unemployed. They don’t care about you. They care about their brand:
[…] the Republican Party has moved from Reagan’s politics of principle to Norquist’s politics of marketing. The central principle of marketing is: you sell to the niche, you protect your niche and make money off of it, your brand–not your principles–is your most valuable commodity. [Joe Klein]
GOP politicking on the backs of the most vulnerable. So… nothing new.