QOTD: Dennis Ross (R-Pirate Party)
Dennis Ross (R-FL-Pirate):
“We’ve lost the CR battle,” Ross, referring to the continuing resolution to authorize government spending, said in an interview. “We need to move on and take whatever we can find in the debt limit.”
“Take whatever we can find.” Are these people legislators or highwaymen?
Media like bloomberg.com are presenting this quote as straightforward politics, a sign that even Tea Partiers are relenting on the shutdown as they look forward to the debt ceiling.
What they should be reporting on is the political dynamic on display. The Republicans took the government hostage, and Democrats didn’t back down. So the Republicans “lost” that “battle.” Now they’re taking the debt limit hostage and hoping that Democrats will pay the ransom on that, instead.