I interviewed RNC Chair Reince Priebus on yesterday’s program, and while most of interview centered on the massacre at the Navy Yard bot far from Riebus’ office, his home and the school of his son (the full transcript is here), at the end we did turn to the looming shutdown of the federal government. Here’s that exchange:
HH: [The massacre] effectively knocks another week off of the media’s attention on the domestic paralysis that the President is orchestrating, because I think he wants to shut down the government. When, you know, we had three weeks of Syrian fiasco, now we’re going to have, rightfully so, a week of serious coverage of this massacre. But I don’t think the country realizes, we have a minute to the break, that we’re on the brink of a shutdown orchestrated by the President.
RP: Yeah, I think you’re exactly right. I think he wants this thing to happen, a shutdown of the government. I’m totally cynical on the thing. I think that’s exactly what he wants. I, in fact, think he’s got a bunch of Democrats that are sick and tired of it as well, because they’re sitting in red states, and they’re nervous as anything that they’re going to get stuck with Obamacare, and then they’re going to have to go out there and defend it. I think it’s going to be a big problem, actually, in the end, though, Hugh, for the Democrats. I don’t think, I think he’s being cute by half, and the biggest albatross around his neck is not only the economy, but Obamacare, it’s his foreign policy. He picked the absolute worst time in the agenda to come across as weak. And he’s not only doing his best to humiliate himself, but he’s doing his best to humiliate this country, and I think it’s going to come back to bite him.
I agree with Priebus’ analysis and wrote about it at length yesterday, but the Speaker, Majority Leader and indeed every GOPer on the Hill has to start pointing out the obvious and doing so now.