Republican Nunes blasts rump group of his own party for shutdown
|House full of lemmings?|
Nunes has already referred to House Republicans who pushed for the government shutdown as the “lemming caucus” for their willingness to follow the lead of Sen. Ted Cruz and other staunch conservatives. He says their strategy is “dumb” and doomed to failure, in an interview with the National Review.
Nunes is not some squishy moderate Republican from a swing district. He’s very conservative on most matters, a stout opponent of Obamacare and fierce critic of the president’s foreign policy. His 2010 book, Restoring the Republic: A Clear, Concise, and Colorful Blueprint for America’s Future, is a sort of manifesto for a conservative movement.
Yet Nunes believes his party is fighting a losing battle and undermining its ability to achieve longer-term objectives such as the rollback of Obamacare and getting the nation’s fiscal house in order.
Asked why he’s speaking out in such strong language, Nunes told NR: “ I’ve got three little kids at home and I’m trying to save this country from itself. I’m not here to play political power games and I’ve had enough of people playing political power games and this has just gone on too long.”
- Jeffry Bartash