Conservative activists occupy Erik Paulsen's office after he says he wants to end shutdown

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Paulsen repeatedly voted to repeal Obamacare, but now he's singing a different tune.
Earlier this week, Republican U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen told KARE 11 that "if I had the opportunity just to fully fund the government, I would do that. Yes."

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In other words, despite the fact he's voted in favor of every ill-fated House attempt to repeal Obamacare, Paulsen wants to end the federal government shutdown that has tea partiers like Michele Bachmann feeling especially warm and fuzzy inside.

Paulsen said he's even open to supporting a budget bill that doesn't include a cause near and dear to his heart -- repealing Obamacare's tax on medical devices.

"I think there is a level of uncomfort among many of my colleagues that a government shutdown is not in anyone's interest," Paulsen told KARE.

But that stance isn't popular with some conservative activists. In fact, a few of them are occupying Paulsen's Minnesota office until he levels with them about his willingness to end the shutdown.

From Politics in Minnesota's Paul Demko: Here's what Kihne herself has to say about the stakeout: Think of Sheila's poor bored-to-death children, Erik! Just take the phone call and humor her for a few minutes for their sake, if nothing else.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.

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green23
green23 topcommenter

Paulsen was the only MN candidate that came out looking good in the last election. His percentage of the vote (58.2%) was almost exactly the same as what he got in 2010. By comparison, the next best showing was Kline (54.1%), who dropped nine points over his previous results. Paulsen's 58.2% was the best of any MN Republican in 2012 -- which was worse than three Democratic candidates and a virtual tie with Walz's 57.6%. 

Cravaack (the big Tea Party guy) lost by nine points. Bills got creamed. Bachmann barely got a majority (50.6%) in an R+7 District. Quist lost by 13 points, and Fields lost by a nearly 3 to 1 margin. Paulsen's District is only R+2, and Obama narrowly won it.

Any sane analysis would conclude that the Tea Party is a spent force in the State, yet they are currently targeting their Party's best performer for insufficient conservatism. Even the Heritage Foundation is dumping on him...and they are the ones who came up with "Obamacare" back in the mid-90's.

Paulsen's secret is pretending to be a moderate. Though he is a reliable rubber-stamp for the GOP in the House, and one of the drivers behind the failed SSM ban here in MN, he never mentions these things in his campaigns. He can't afford to.

State-wide, the percentage of voters self-identifying as Republican has dropped nine points over the past two years. This kind of movement is felt more strongly in swing District's like Paulsen's than it is in Bachmann's Sixth. Only 16% of the State's voters self-identify as "very conservative", yet these are the people calling the shots in the primaries, and they aren't fans of Paulsen. It's probably what will keep him from being considered as a candidate for State-wide office. 

Meanwhile, Paulsen has free "socialist" health care guaranteed for life by virtue of being elected to the House.

Ben Bakunin
Ben Bakunin

Wave money at these people and they forget anything

downtown1
downtown1

does sheila kihne have an actual job? i went over to her twitter and she has a picture of michelle obama with the comment " worst FLOTUS ever", what on earth does she base that on? Yuck 

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

Cindy Pugh is the lady who put pictures of Somali women on her Facebook page, comparing their cultural and religious clothing to garbage bags, and the mothers inside the clothing to garbage. Clever stuff too, like captions under photos of women, saying, "Who left the garbage out?"

So naturally the SW suburbs elected her to the State Legislature.  She's a racist religious bigot with a vicious streak a mile wide. Erik Paulson deserves to have her sitting in his office since he didn't have the balls to repudiate her before.  Paulson isn't a tenth the man Jim Ramstad is.

Dan Mason
Dan Mason

Sheila Kihne is stupid as fuck.

Anya AthroughZlorenzi
Anya AthroughZlorenzi

The fact that this guy doesn't know that the word is discomfort, not uncomfort, really bothers me.

Gary Wisner
Gary Wisner

I pray we can get him out next November...

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

2013 and people still say things like that..amazing

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

hes on the right side of history now

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Erik Paulsen won't do anything.  Like all Republicans he is too cowardly to stand up to the bigot crazy people wing.  If you want America to work you need to punish the GOP and cowards like Paulsen at the ballot box.  

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

Seems a lot easier to ignore the people you don't like.. when they aren't trying to get in your office. Glad he found a change of heart.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@swmnguy It is impossible to keep track of all the bigot clowns Republicans elect these days.  Honestly can you name a single elected Republican you respect?    They are all cowards, clowns, or con men.   

green23
green23 topcommenter

@MicheleBachmannPaulsen will vote exactly as he is told to. The hilarious part is that his biggest threat is now the Tea Party conservatives. 

Even the conservative pollster Rasmussen, who predicted Romney would win, is now saying the Democrats hold a four-point edge on the generic House ballot nationally. 

But, Public Policy Polling, who nailed the 2012 election, says (emphasis added):

"Similar to a Quinnipiac poll released this morning, we find Democrats improving their position on the generic Congressional ballot in the wake of all the controversy about the government shutdown. Democrats lead 45/40 on it, up from a 43/42 spread in July. Two things have caused that shift- Republicans had a 39/27 advantage with independents over the summer but have blown that and now there's a tie with them at 34% each. Republicans have also become less supportive of their own party, going from an 82/10 intention to vote GOP to 78/13. That shift has come largely among moderate Republicans who supported their own party 72/17 in July but now do so by only a 59/22 spread."

And the percentage of voters self-identifying as Republican has dropped 3% nationally over just the past month. On top of that, 20% of the Republican base thinks that the shutdown strategy is a bad idea. The GOP needs every single voter that they get, with the Grim Reaper thinning their ranks, and they can't afford to turn off 20% of their voters. 

The GOP has told their base so many lies that those people actually believe them. Remember, just three years ago every wingnut on this blog was claiming that the Tea Party was the "real majority" and the "libs" would be swept away. Now, those same jackasses are claiming that they are a poor, persecuting minority that can win if they only remain "pure". Just as no conservative ever voted for Bush, their old delusions are flushed down the memory hole and replaced with new ones that they "always" believed. But everyone else still remembers, and it makes them look crazy and unreliable. 

Demographics being what they are, every election that the Republicans don't gain is a loss. Time is not on their side. This was supposed to be a quick revolution, not a long battle of attrition. And their numbers are declining, not growing.

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann There you go again.  Calling folks Racist and Bigots.   This indicates you have no argument , just attacks.  Tell me Top Commenter, what do you do with your time other than troll?  Do you make a living and do anything productive?    I would guess not.  Really, do you have any ideas, anything that is based on fact?    Do you understand some of these issues are complex and require at least some brain power in order to explain your point of view, prior to making unfounded claims?    

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann Wow. That's a tough question. At one time I might have said, "John McCain," though I vehemently disagree with him.  But then I saw him kiss Karl Rove's ring in 2007-2008, and that was so craven I haven't been able to stand looking at him since.  

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@kurt124 Since on every other story you just spew sexist bigot nonsense I can see why it upsets you when I call bigot Republicans out on their shit. 

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann  McCain had already lost me before he picked Palin. I can't remember exactly how it went down but before the RNC it came out that McCain had seen bad poll numbers and let Rove influence his staff and strategy.  That was the train of brilliant strategery that led to the Palin selection. And it followed through McCain's career with the self-humiliation he went through to get past J.D. Hayworth in the 2010 primary.  Actually, any lingering ember of respect I had for McCain after the Rove rapprochement and the Palin selection got stubbed out when McCain went full-out shilling for TARP around 10/1/08.  That was absolutely pathetic.

I don't advocate physical violence but if McCain had attacked Rove with a tire iron in 2000, I would have had a lot of respect for that.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@swmnguy I mean John McCain is probably the right choice but then you remember he nominated Sarah Palin to be Vice President.  They are a party of bigot psychopaths.  

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@kurt124 People can click on your name and see all your comments about Nancy Pelosi and her looks.  That's sexist and offensive.  You are a bigot stupid clown.  

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