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Joe Miller: Mitch McConnell open to government shutdown

In an interview with the National Review, Alaska GOP Senate candidate Joe Miller said that if Republicans take over in November, they might shut down the government.

"I think there's an understanding that the mood of the nation has changed in such a way that there is not going to be toleration of business as usual. If that means shutting down the government, so be it. I mean, we'll do what it takes," he says. "I think that we will have enough like-minded people coming into D.C. that we're actually going to be able to accomplish something."
But is Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate GOP leader, open to the possibility of shutting down the federal government? "There was a comment made at breakfast this morning about shutting down the government, and he reacted in a positive way," Miller says. "I'm not going to quote him, but I think that he recognizes that that's on the table."

UPDATE: McConnell's spokesperson writes that the minority leader is not interested in a government shutdown:

He has not called for shutting down the government. What he has noted is that Republicans are united in their view that the government spends too much, taxes too much and has too much debt--and that Republicans are equally united in doing all we can to restore fiscal sanity to Washington. Sen. McConnell believes we have made a good first step by forcing the majority to accept reduced spending in next year's appropriations bills, but we have much more work to do in order reverse the trend of massive growth in government we have seen under Democratic Control in Congress. We can get there without shutting down the government, but it will require Democrats to join our effort.

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) made a similar suggestion in September. "We want you with us," Westmoreland told a Faith & Freedom Conference crowd. "We gotta have you there. Because they're going to come and say, 'Daddy can't go to the VA, the national parks are closed' ... we need to make sure you're going to be with us."

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) has said he isn't aiming to shut down the government, but he isn't ruling out the possibility. "Our goal is to have a smaller, less costly, and more accountable government here in Washington D.C.," he said on CNN recently. "Our goal is not to shut down the government." Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) was more definitive in a recent Wall Street Journal interview: "I don't think the country needs or wants a shutdown."

By Rachel Weiner  | October 8, 2010; 11:35 AM ET
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WOW a real scorch the earth policy. I am truly saddened that I can't vote in this election. Panic in the streets, the army called out for law enforcement, martial law established and Sarah Palin made president. OOPS I forgot Joe Miller doesn't really think she is presidential material or is the fact that he said she is old enough count.

Posted by: texasbred1 | October 11, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

This blather about possibly shutting down the government is absurd.

Although the Dems have their faults (perhaps their greatest flaw is their terror of fighing back when reps sling mud), the extrmee right wing reps of today are an odious, stupid lot whose ability to win will be contingent on the stupidity of the American people

Let's take one issue: Govt. Spending. In Washington, it has become a truism that spending is excessive.

But most of the morons who accede to this view don't know that there are at most four dozen federal agents to inspct foods and pharmaaceuticals, imported into this country, In fact, thanks to reb destructiveness, many valuable civil service workers for the Fed Govt have been axed ever since Reagan set in motion the process of attacking Washington.

Studies estimate that 40 percent of pharmaceuticals used in this country are made in whole or in part in EAST ASIA, where health concerns and standards are meager and an ambience of cowboy capitalism prevails. Very simply, China has been turning out junk and we need to be protected from the products and the toxins which are ubiquitous in those Chinese products. However, as I said, because the FDA has been decimated over the years we lack the manpower to test and assess the integrity and wholesomeness of Chinese drugs.

However, none of this is ever discussed in the political debates in which morons shout slogans to other morons and make this liberal sentimental for the day when a very illiberal position goverened re sufferage. Sometimnes I think that people who are too stupid should be banished from the ballot boxes. Let em read something for a change -- yes I know they walk around with copies of the constitution, written in such small ink they are unreadable, but they need to learn a thing or two about principles of con law interpretation before they clog up the airwavies with any more drivel about what they are so certain the constitution means.

The Palins, the Joe Millers, the ODonnels, the Pallidonos -- they make Richard Nixon and Eisenhower (men who I used to despise because I was a liberal) seem like paragons of decency, moral toughness, discretion and could be counted on to do that which would best defend the union.

Posted by: dgnyny | October 10, 2010 5:48 AM | Report abuse

It’s about time. No compromise, no more go-along-to get-along. The line has moved so far that it's going to take dramatic action, not rhetoric, to get this country back in control of the people.

Posted by: KPF13902 | October 9, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

So, country first Republicans are willing to shut down the government during two wars and a great recession?
No government. No rules, regulations, laws, duties, responsibilities, or taxes. That really IS the Republican Dream.
That really IS what they're after.
Their government would only function to funnel middle class taxes straight to the Pentagon and Wall Street, and themselves, of course.
Their government would domestically function to investigate any opponent in an unending series of show hearings.
Their government would no longer be American.

Posted by: cms1 | October 8, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

what happens when the goverment shuts down?and how much does it cost to start up again?do these people actually realize what would happen to the world if you shut down the u.s. government? all americans in some way direct or indirectly would be affected by government shut down.think of the scenarios of a shutdown.

Posted by: donaldtucker | October 8, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

what happens when the goverment shuts down?and how much does it cost to start up again?do these people actually realize what would happen to the world if you shut down the u.s. government? all americans in some way direct or indirectly would be affected by government shut down.think of the scenarios of a shutdown.

Posted by: donaldtucker | October 8, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

"House Minority Leader John Bonehead (R-Ohio) has said he isn't aiming to shut down the government, but he isn't ruling out the possibility. "Our goal is to have a smaller, less costly, and more accountable government here in Washington D.C.," he said on CNN recently"

"YEP, then we can contract 'specialists' *we* know to do those government jobs at three times the cost--but we WILL have a smaller, less costly, and more accountable government"

Posted by: genewebster | October 8, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

With slow job growth and the bad economic state, Republicans now blame Obama for the entire recession----AND THEY HAVE PROOF!!!

Posted by: genewebster | October 8, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

With slow job growth and the bad economic state, Republicans now blame Obama for the entire recession----AND THEY HAVE PROOF!!!

Posted by: genewebster | October 8, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Nevada Republican 'Sharia Sharron' Angle Fears Muslims Are Imposing Theocracy In America

Crazy Sharron Angle is stoking fears about the imposition of theocracy in America...but not just any theocracy. She's afraid of theocracy by Muslims, who she says are trying to impose Sharia Law in the United States:


QUESTIONER: I keep hearing about Muslims wanting to take over the United States. And I want to know your thoughts about that. They are building mosques all over the place. They want to build one near [ground zero]. And they seem to be getting their way. On a TV program just last night I saw that they are taking over a city in Michigan. And the residents, they want them out. They want them out. I wanted your thoughts.

ANGLE: We're talking about a militant terrorist situation, which I believe isn't a widespread thing. But it is enough that we need to address, and we have been addressing it. My thoughts are these. First of all, Dearborn, Michigan, and Frankford, Texas are on American soil, and under Constitutional law. Not Sharia law. And I don't know how that happened in the United States. It seems to me there is something fundamentally wrong with allowing a foreign system of law to even take hold in any municipality or government situation in our United States.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/10/audio_of_sharron_angle_claimin.html


Obviously, Angle is correct that imposing Sharia Law in America would be horrible. But while she is right about that, she's right for all the wrong reasons. Even as Angle sounds the alarm bells about the threat of Islamic theocracy coming to America -- a threat that simply doesn't exist -- she's quite content to impose her own radical religious views on America.


Whether its seeking to ban abortion in all cases except when the woman's life is at stake:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/08/sharron-angles-advice-for_n_639294.html


Or banning black football jerseys in high school football games because they are:
http://pvtimes.com/opinion/angle-strove-religiously-against-black-jerseys/


'Satanic,' Sharron Angle is making it clear that it's not theocracy that she opposes, it's just theocracy by any religion other than her own.

And in that sense, when Sharia Sharron talks about religious freedom, she means freedom to practice her religion, and to hell with yours. And when she says she's running for U.S. Senate to take America back, she talking about taking America back to the days before it was America -- before there was a First Amendment protecting us from the extremism that Sharron Angle claims to oppose.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 8, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

When Miller came to Alaska, his family immediately went on the dole. That makes him a hypocrite.

Posted by: fishinfool | October 8, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

When Miller came to Alaska, his family immediately went on the dole. That makes him a hypocrite.

Posted by: fishinfool | October 8, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Wow, so this is the GOP's political strategy if they attain a majority -- to shut down the government? This is what they've managed to come up with?? What a mess of pinheads. The country is reeling from high unemployment and lack of consumer spending, and yet they want to keep employed Americans from working and consumer dollars from flowing through the economy.... This is beyond irresponsible. Do these people stand for anything besides arrogance and stupidity?

Posted by: mydog2 | October 8, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Just like 1995. These idiots can't think of anything. It's all just a temper tantrum for them!

Posted by: AMviennaVA | October 8, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

It's called anarchy.

And way less a stretch than the wingnuts/teabaggers characterization of the Dems as "socialists".

Would that either party was still "socialistic" enough to actually represent the people instead of the oil companies and financial megaliths.

Posted by: rsh43 | October 8, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

It's called anarchy.

And way less a stretch than the wingnuts/teabaggers characterization of the Dems as "socialists".

Would that either party was still "socialistic" enough to actually represent the people instead of the oil companies and financial megaliths.

Posted by: rsh43 | October 8, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

This guy is an idiot.
Stay up in Alaska.
Why doesn't he shave?
Because he thinks it makes him look macho.
A pathetic individual from a pathetic state.
Go Heels

Posted by: koneill8 | October 8, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Ain't a dime's worth of difference in O'Donnell, Miller, Paul (either one), Angle, Nikki Haley, Rubio - every single one is loony as the day is long and twice as dirty.

And, their supporters are blinder than bats.

If the University of South Carolina is embarrassed for graduating Alvin Greene, how does Yale Law School feel about Joe Miller? Not to mention West Point?

Posted by: edismae | October 8, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Is Joe Miller nuts or what? Just as crazy as Loony Tune.

Just because Alaskans are capable of hunting for their food and keeping warm by wood stoves does not mean the rest of the folks living in the country are.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | October 8, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

It is not too surprising that Miller is uninformed and quite forgetful of history. I surely hoped that AK voters sent him home in the back-country never to be seen again.

Posted by: beeker25 | October 8, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Just goes to show what idiots are running the GOP. They tried the Government shutdown before and in doing so made the Clinton Presidency. Honestly in politics there is nothing as stupid as a member of the RepubliKlan Party

Posted by: rcc_2000 | October 8, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

This is pathetic. The Republicans act like this is something the American people want. Millions of people will become homeless and starve to death. Winter's coming and seniors receiving social security will not have the money to pay for food, heat and medication. Children will starve. Vets won't receive essential care and this is just the tip of the iceberg. I don't get their thought process.

Posted by: denise4925 | October 8, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Additional proof the republicans do not represent us or our country. It seems incredible that politicans elected by the American people can turn so totally against them and any improvement for our country.
Voters, we cannot allow the republicans back in control. Their obvious support of nothing but Wall St, the rich, plans to gridlock, obstruct for the next two years are putting them on the path to becoming our country's most dangerous domestic terrorists.

Posted by: kathlenec | October 8, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Miller, Congress IS the Government. So...what you're sayin gis that once elected, you will do nothing? And take home a big fat Congress paycheck for doing nothing? Sounds great, dude. Let's all watch how this works.

Posted by: swatkins1 | October 8, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Note to Miller: phone Newt and see how it worked out for him. Can you say, "this lone action was the beginning of the end of GOP-led Congress?"

Posted by: ScottChallenger | October 8, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

How many times do republicon candidates have to PROVE to voters that they are not serious about governing, and that a vote for them is avote for unmitigated unprecedented disaster?

Posted by: John1263 | October 8, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

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