Michele Bachmann "very excited" about gov't shutdown, says it's "exactly what we wanted"
|Polling indicates voters aren't as excited about a government shutdown as Michele seems to think they are.|
If the federal government shuts down at midnight tonight, "large sections of the government would close, hundreds of thousands of workers would be furloughed without pay, and millions more would be asked to work for no pay," the New York Times reports.
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That doesn't sound like a whole lot of fun, right? But in comments featured in a Washington Post report, Michele Bachmann said she and her Republican colleagues in the House are "very excited" about the prospect.
"It's exactly what we wanted, and we got it," she continued.
Bachmann's belief is that voters appreciate conservative Republicans' effort to derail Obamacare, even if it does result in a government shutdown. And she also seems to think voters will ultimately blame Senate Democrats for being unwilling to pass a House budget bill "that would delay the full effect of President Obama's health care law as a condition for keeping the government running past Monday," in the words of the NYT.
If the House GOP stands firm and refuses to play ball with the Senate, "people will be very grateful," Bachmann told the WaPo.
Contra Bachmann, 60 percent of respondents to a CNN poll released this morning agreed that Congress should "approve a budget agreement to avoid a government shutdown."
"According to the poll, which was conducted Friday through Sunday, 46% say they would blame congressional Republicans for a government shutdown, with 36% saying the president would be more responsible and 13% pointing fingers at both the GOP in Congress and Obama," CNN's summary of the polling continues.
In sum, regardless of what she says, Bachmann once again appears to be on the wrong side of public opinion.
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