When your core values are essentially “I want it,” it isn’t unusual being called to task for the most rank and blatant hypocrisy. If you recall, on Friday OMB Director Mick Mulvaney said this about the imminent shutdown which he called the ‘Schumer Shutdown’:
MULVANEY: When Republicans tried to add a discussion about ObamaCare to the funding process for 2013 we were accused by Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer of inserting a non-fiscal, a non-financial issue into the spending process in order to shut the government down. How is that not exactly what is happening today.
There is no reason to have to deal with DACA this week. There is no reason you have to deal with DACA before the end of February, excuse me, the middle of February. DACA doesn’t expire until March 5. This is purely an attempt by the Senate Democrats, led by Mister Schumer, that’s why we call it the ‘Schumer shutdown,’ in order to try and get a shutdown that they think this president gets blamed for.
That was only the beginning. Soon this epic clip of Chuck Schumer preening on CNN surfaced:
Schumer to @jaketapper in 2013:
"I believe in immigration reform. What if I persuaded my caucus to say, 'I'm going to shut the government down, I am going to not pay our bills unless I get my way?' It's a politics of idiocy, of confrontation, of paralysis." pic.twitter.com/NilwSJoXU6
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) January 21, 2018
It is catching on.
Partisan tensions were so high on the first day of the government shutdown that a House Democrat forced the chamber to vote on the question of whether a GOP poster depicting Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer violated House decorum rules.
The poster pictured Schumer with a comment he made in 2013 saying that a government shutdown “is the politics of idiocy, of confrontation, of paralysis.” Republicans were using it as a prop as they gave floor speeches seeking to cast blame on Senate Democrats for the “Schumer shutdown.”
At the bottom of the poster was a link to the GOP website www.SchumerShutdown.com.
And it is stinging:
The decorum question, raised by Colorado Democrat Ed Perlmutter, surrounds a House rule stating that remarks in debate may include references to the Senate or its members but those references must be confined to the question under debate, avoiding personality.
Arkansas GOP Rep. Steve Womack, who was sitting in the chair when the question was raised, ruled the poster did not violate decorum. Perlmutter appealed the ruling of the chair, but Oklahoma GOP Rep. Tom Cole moved to table his motion.
The House approved Cole’s motion to table, 224-173, with a few Democrats joining Republicans in rejecting the stunt.
Perlmutter had earlier raised a point of order when House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions had referenced “Schumer shutdown” in a floor speech. Sessions was asked to sit down, and House debate stalled for roughly 15 minutes while Womack appeared to consult the House parliamentarian and GOP and Democratic leaders engaged in conversation. Perlmutter ultimately withdrew the point of order.
If we can’t win this shutdown fight, we really need to just pack our sh** and get the hell off the battlefield.