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We love a mystery! And this week’s political mystery (apart from the continued popularity of Sarah Palin) is a real head-scratcher: In January, someone sent House Republicans mean anonymous emails promising DEEP HURTING for any any member of the GOP caucus who voted to increase the debt ceiling. So you are probably asking yourself, “So? […]

In a press conference that just happened to take place as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell addressed the Senate, Poutine-American Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Alberta) announced that he would not try to delay a Senate vote on a proposed deal to reopen the government and raise the debt limit for two whole months (if the House allows […]

Because we are terrible nerds, our mental health breaks from our day job on Tuesday consisted of scrolling through our Twitter feed looking for news about the impending debt default and occasionally hitting ourselves in the face with a hammer. Because holy sobbing Majority Leader was Tuesday ever nuts. Let us see if we can […]

You remember reading Calvin & Hobbes, the greatest comic ever written in the history of ever? Rambunctious little Calvin and his imaginary friend Hobbes would sometimes play Calvinball, a game where you make up the rules as you go along. Apparently, the GOP thought this was the greatest government blueprint since Green Eggs & Ham, […]

OK, sure, we’re sad about the little kids not getting food, and not being able to go to Head Start, but now this shutdown thing is getting serious: NBC reports that the government shutdown has closed an obscure agency that approves new breweries, recipes and labels, which could create huge delays throughout the rapidly growing […]

Shutdown day 11! Hope you have been getting your Government Shutdown Bonus Card stamped every day, because 12 shutdown days earns you one free voter repression in the swing state of your choice! (Wonkette is going with a minority college kid in North Carolina.) Well, yesterday saw President Obama meeting with top GOP lawmakers at […]

We can completely respect the idea behind the novelty website DrunkDialCongress — and thanks to all the Wonkette Operatives who sent us tips on this! – which as Politico explains, simulates the act of drunk-dialing like so: users put in their own phone number. The site then calls them from an 1-800 number and connects them […]

Erick Erickson is obviously tired of Barack Obama getting all the credit for playing 11th-dimensional chess, so he’s going to give it a try. Of course, chess is hard, so he’ll start with eleventh-dimensional Hungry Hungry Hippos: Polling shows more Americans blame the GOP than Barack Obama. I think this means the GOP is winning. […]

Oh, look! It’s Angry Boehner, and he is pretty darn angry at Barack Obama’s completely unfair, unreasonable demand that Republicans allow the government to start operating normally again, because that would be an “unconditional surrender,” and John Boehner does not surrender. At least not to anyone other than Eric Cantor. Or Ted Cruz maybe. Or […]

An unnamed Republican congressman explained Thursday that the government shutdown was a whole lot like the Battle of Gettysburg: “I would liken this a little bit to Gettysburg, where a Confederate unit went looking for shoes and stumbled into Union cavalry, and all of a sudden found itself embroiled in battle on a battlefield it […]

Never mind those hints of reasonableness last week; John Boehner is back on the Tough Talk Trail now, and said this weekend that unless President Obama makes some concessions to the GOP, maybe we’ll just have to default on our debt after all. On ABC’s This Week, the House Speaker told George Stephanopoulos that he […]

As we all know, the greatest scandal of the gummint shutdown is Barack Obama’s 9/11/Pearl Harbor sneak attack on America’s World War II vets, whereby he personally endorsed Hitler by closing the WWII Memorial on the National Mall (although the memorial is now open to vets only). Not surprisingly, we got a few comments from […]

(Breaking: See Schadenfreude-Filled Update at end of post) Welcome to all our Wonkettarian brothers and sisters. Our Inspirational Verse today comes from the Book of Chuck Jones and the Testament of Daffy, who sayeth, “After all, it was me or him, and obviously, it couldn’t be me. It’s a simple matter of logic. I’m not […]

We really hope that this New York Times story from Thursday is true: Speaker John A. Boehner has privately told Republican lawmakers anxious about fallout from the government shutdown that he would not allow a potentially more crippling federal default … Mr. Boehner’s comments, recounted by multiple lawmakers, that he would use a combination of […]