A California Republican congressman who has said that the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) was passed with “totalitarian tactics) and accuses President Barack Obama of “gutter politics,” now has some equally harsh words for his own party.
Rep. Devin Nunes, who represents parts of California’s central valley, near Fresno, says that the current, Republican-engineered government shutdown was engineered by a few, shadowy leaders — and the rest of the House Republicans have followed this cabal like “lemmings.”
“They don't come out and actually speak," he said of the party members whom he accuses of causing the shutdown. "They sneak around. They hide. They hold private meetings. They hold private conference calls. These people are actually the description of what's wrong with Washington."
Nunes (pictured), often described as a “moderate” in the media, has said that the shutdown tactic is tantamount to suicide for the Republican party, calling his colleagues, “lemmings in suicide vests.”
Lemmings are small rodents living mainly near the Arctic circle. According to legend, the animals commit mass suicide as they migrate in packs, marching mindlessly off cliffs. The mass suicide belief is a popular misconception — there is n such lemming behavior, though they do migrate in large packs.
Lemmings or not, Nunes told CNN this week that pursuing the shutdown was a “silly strategy from the beginning.”
"It's crazy. I don't understand the whole point, the whole strategy. Most Americans don't understand it," said Nunes in the CNN interview.
Who who are these mysterious party leaders who have the remainder of the 242 House Republicans in their grip.
"It's guys who meet privately,” Nunes said, without getting any more specific. “They’re always conspiring. It's mostly just about power. And it's just gotten us nowhere.”
His comments come on the heels of another Republican congressman, shutdown supporter Marlin Stutzman of Indiana, saying that the real reason the Republicans closed down the federal government was that they feel “disrespected.” Beyond that he does not know what his party will get out of the standoff, he said.
SOURCES: CNN, Mother Jones, Time.com, Wikipedia