McConnell: No More Government Shutdowns (Ted Cruz Isn’t So Sure)

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Oct. 20 2013 2:12 PM

McConnell: No More Government Shutdowns (Ted Cruz Isn’t So Sure)

184798115
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell walks to the Senate Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on October 16, 2013

Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Republicans made it clear on the Sunday talk shows that there are still deep divisions within their ranks following the 16-day government shutdown and almost-default. Even as party leaders tried hard to move on, saying government shutdowns aren’t going to become the norm, some in the rank-and-file don’t seem to quite agree. "There will not be another government shutdown,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on CBS News. “You can count on that.” McConnell added that "I don't think a two-week paid vacation for federal employees is conservative policy.” And he made it clear he has long disagreed with the strategy: “A number of us were saying back in July that this strategy could not and would not work, and of course it didn't.”

Sen. John McCain had already expressed similar sentiments a few days ago to CNN: “We’re not going to go through the shutdown again.”  But Sen. Ted Cruz said he wasn’t ready to take the option off the table, telling ABC News he is ready to “do anything I can to stop the train wreck that is Obamacare.” When asked about a possible shutdown in the future, Cruz told CNN that “there will be time enough to talk about specific strategies, specific tactics.” But what Cruz does think is clear is that the agreement that ended the shutdown and avoided default “was a lousy deal for the American people.” And he criticized fellow party members for not supporting House Republicans.

Advertisement

Meanwhile, former Republican Florida Gov. Jeb Bush criticized Cruz’s approach telling ABC News that the GOP needs to “show a little self-restraint” and the party may benefit from “the massive dysfunction” that he says will be the result of Obamacare.

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.

TODAY IN SLATE

Foreigners

The World’s Politest Protesters

The Occupy Central demonstrators are courteous. That’s actually what makes them so dangerous.

The Religious Right Is Not Happy With Republicans  

The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 4:58 PM The Religious Right Is Not Happy With Republicans  

The One Fact About Ebola That Should Calm You: It Spreads Slowly

The Feds Have Declared War on New Privacy Measures From Apple and Google

These “Dark” Lego Masterpieces Are Delightful and Evocative

Crime

Operation Backbone

How White Boy Rick, a legendary Detroit cocaine dealer, helped the FBI uncover brazen police corruption.

Politics

Talking White

Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.

Europe’s Next Digital Commissioner Thinks Keeping Nude Celebrity Photos in the Cloud Is “Stupid”

Piper Kerman on Why She Dressed Like a Hitchcock Heroine for Her Prison Sentencing

  News & Politics
The World
Oct. 1 2014 12:20 PM Don’t Expect Hong Kong’s Protests to Spread to the Mainland
  Business
Moneybox
Oct. 1 2014 2:16 PM Wall Street Tackles Chat Services, Shies Away From Diversity Issues 
  Life
Outward
Oct. 1 2014 6:02 PM Facebook Relaxes Its “Real Name” Policy; Drag Queens Celebrate
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 4:05 PM Today in GOP Outreach to Women: You Broads Like Wedding Dresses, Right?
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 1 2014 3:24 PM Revelry (and Business) at Mohonk Photos and highlights from Slate’s annual retreat.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 1 2014 6:39 PM Spoiler Special: Transparent
  Technology
Future Tense
Oct. 1 2014 4:26 PM How to Measure the Value of Your Personal Data in Cookies: A Slate Guide
  Health & Science
Science
Oct. 1 2014 4:03 PM Does the Earth Really Have a “Hum”? Yes, but probably not the one you’re thinking.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 30 2014 5:54 PM Goodbye, Tough Guy It’s time for Michigan to fire its toughness-obsessed coach, Brady Hoke.