Rand Paul wants to "win this." This is the shutdown of the US government, which he apparently thinks is a game. He just got caught on camera telling Mitch McConnell that he thinks they can "win this" by repeating their talking point about how they are willing to "compromise" on just how much of Obamacare they are allowed to kill by holding the operations of the government hostage. Here's the video:
Transcript, by way of Liberal America:
Paul: “Do you have a second?”Dear Senator Paul, people have come before you trying to make the Affordable Care Act into "Obama's Waterloo." They have failed, and so will you.
McConnell: “I’m all wired up here, um.”
Paul: “I just did CNN and I just go over and over again, ‘We’re willing to compromise. ‘We’re willing to negotiate.’ I think, I don’t think [Democrats] poll tested ‘we won’t negotiate.’ I think it’s awful for them to say that over and over again.”
McConnell: “Yeah, I do too and I, and I just came back from that two-hour meeting with them and that was, and that was basically the same view privately as it was publically.”
Paul: “I think if we keep saying, ‘We wanted to defund it. We fought for that and now we’re willing to compromise on this’, I think they can’t, we’re gonna, I think, well I know we don’t want to be here, but we’re gonna win this, I think.”
But more importantly, this is not a game, Senator. This isn't about a sales job that you can do just by repeating your talking point over and over. This isn't about "poll testing" your "message." This is about you and your ilk blocking funding needed to keep the government running over something completely irrelevant, and something your forced shutdown cannot accomplish.
Listen up. The President will not negotiate with economic terrorists like yourself. You will not "win" your little game. And in 2014, you will pay for this at the polls.