Best Quotes of the Government Shutdown

Quotable Politicos

By Becky Hogan

It’s day four of the government shutdown and there doesn’t appear to be a clear end in sight. House Republicans seem determined not to pass a clean continuing resolution. And neither side wants to budge.

Here are some of the most outrageous quotes from congressional members this week about the government shutdown drama:

“We’re not going to be disrespected. We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.” – Representative Marlin Stutzman (R-IN)

At least he’s being honest.  Stutzman’s comments in an interview Tuesday with the Washington Examiner have drawn much criticism from Democrats and even President Obama who are blaming House Republicans for being unrealistic in the budget showdown.  President Obama mocked Stutzman’s comments Thursday as proof that House Republicans’ hardline stance is more about politics than passing a bill to fund the government.  Stutzman saw an upsurge in Facebook ‘Talked Abouts’ after the President blasted his comment. His Twitter followings, however, did not see dramatic increases.


“It’s kind of an insult to lemmings to call them lemmings,” he said of Tea Party conservatives in the House. “So they’d have to be more than just a lemming, because jumping to your death is not enough.” – Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA)

Congressman Nunes compared his Obamacare-obsessed colleagues in the House to lemmings on Monday, hours before the federal government shut down over funding the Affordable Care Act. His Twitter stats show he had the largest gain in Followers he’s had in the past month right after his comment comparing House Republicans to lemmings.


“You know with a bully you cannot let them slap you around, because they slap you around today, they slap you five or six times tomorrow. We are not going to be bullied.” -Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

You know the shutdown fight is getting real when the leader of the Senate refers to Tea Party Republicans as bullies. Senate Democrats have argued that giving into anything on Obamacare would encourage Republicans to hit them again on debt ceiling legislation. Facebook can’t stop talking about Reid as the shutdown gridlock rages on–he’s seen increased ‘Talked Abouts’ every day this week.


“This is about the happiest I’ve seen members in a long time, because we see we are starting to win this dialogue on a national level,” she said.  -Represenative Michele Bachmann (R-MN)

The Minnesota congresswoman, a staunch supporter of the ‘Repeal’ movement, thinks Republicans are #winning. On Wednesday, Bachmann said she wasn’t worried about Republicans caving to pressure to end the government shutdown because this was the happiest she’s seen her colleagues.  On Facebook, Bachmann has seen almost double the amount of Likes during the shutdown drama as she had the two weeks prior.


“It’s very hard from a distance to figure out who has lost their minds. One party, the other party, all of us, the president.” -Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO)

Senator Claire McCaskill said what many are thinking Monday night in a speech on the Senate floor.  But she was reluctant to play the blame game, and her neutral comment didn’t pick up as many Likes as it did Talked Abouts on Facebook.


The bad blood between the two parties is only making it harder for the two sides to strike a deal. And the public is increasingly outraged about Congress’ inability to do it’s job–polls show that Republicans are getting most of the blame.

Still, Stutzman just wants a little respect…

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