Here's your quote of the day from wingnut Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) after being asked by MSNBC's Chris Hayes why they didn't take the vote to fund the government two weeks ago and avoid the shutdown. They needed to "reestablish their "brand" as being against "Obamacare."
They "reestablished their brand," alright... as a bunch of raving lunatics that were willing to burn down the entire economy if they didn't get their way.
KINGSTON: People need to exhibit their beliefs and have the opportunity to debate, which is what we've been able to do in the last two weeks, and I think you can, you know, from a pessimistic standpoint say, you guys, you Republicans did not get anything out of it.
But on the other side, I think it was important to us to reestablish our brand as being against Obamacare and from what we've seen so far, Obamacare is not going to be a winner. It has not decreased the cost of medicine or...
HAYES: Congressman, do you think anyone going into this was confused about the Republican stance on Obamacare?
KINGSTON: You know, you would be surprised. I'm telling you, sometimes our base thinks that we haven't driven the point enough, even though we've had something like forty different votes to defund it in one form or the other, we still get complaints that we're not doing anything to defund Obamacare.
After Hayes some back and forth with Hayes over the billions of dollars this shutdown cost our economy and the fact that they did not get anything that they could not have gotten a couple of weeks ago, Kingston bemoaned that “all of the shutdown frenzy, is the focus has been on the shutdown, and the short term inconveniences” with the shutdown.
They might seem like “inconveniences” to Jack Kingston, but they're a lot more serious to the millions of people put out of work, not receiving their pay, having their businesses damaged, or having their government aid cut off when they're just barely scraping by already.