Rachel Maddow takes a moment to compare the GOP's childishness this week with that displayed during the 1995 shutdown, when Newt Gingrich admitted that a "snub" by President Clinton on a plane (Clinton and two former U.S. presidents sat in the front, where Newt was not allowed) led to Republicans "sending down a tougher budget resolution." Our most recent sensitive GOP star is Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN), who was quoted this week as saying the following: “We’re not going to be disrespected. We have to get something out of [the shutdown]. And I don’t know what that even is.” Looks like there might be a pattern here: for some Republicans, perceived personal affronts or a lack of "respect" can prove powerful enough to justify shutting down the entire government.
"You have already gotten the opportunity to serve the American people. There's no higher honor than that. You've already gotten the opportunity to help businesses like this one. Workers like these. So the American people aren't in the mood to give you a goody bag to go with it. What you get is our intelligence professionals being back on the job. What you get is our medical researchers back on the job. What you get are little kids back in Head Start."
In an interesting experiment conducted by Jimmy Kimmel Live, interviewers asked passersby if they supported "Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act." While it's slightly painful to watch respondents try to justify why they hate Obamacare but love the Affordable Care Act, there's a silver lining: participants informed of what the ACA actually does confirm that they support it.
Republicans caught on to this phenomenon, which is why they were so desperate to sabotage the ACA before enrollment opened today; they know that once Americans find out what it does for them... they'll like it.
Everyone should watch this speech by Elizabeth Warren from the Senate floor yesterday. In it, she lays out clearly how unbelievably selfish House GOP obstructionism really is — and as per usual, she hits the nail right on the head.