With the government shutdown now in effect, House Republicans have begun the shift in focus, not on getting the government started back up again, but on denying all of their previous advocacy for the shutdown and trying to blame everything on Democrats.
One of the first, and most puzzling, attempts to do so came from Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who unwisely chose a venue other than Fox News to make such a claim.
On CNN's New Day, Issa was pressed by co-host Chris Cuomo to answer whether or not the government shutdown is justified, despite the harm it will inflict on families nationwide who "live on the margins."
"You can't accuse me of beating my wife and then turn around and tell me, 'Isn't that true?'" Issa responded.
"We did not shut the government. We offered to the Senate, again and again, things to keep the government fully funded."
Issa further claimed that the GOP's only goal is to "keep the American people from being forced into buying into exchanges before they are even up and running or we know how much they cost," though he did ultimately concede that the issue is "small," and "of course not" worth a shutdown.
Issue then argued that if the Senate "rejects the offer to have a conference," and are "rejecting the constitutional process."
At this, Cuomo retorted with a counter-reference to the Constitution, saying: "The constitutional mandate is not to accede to your wishes on legislation that's already passed."
"If you [Congress] have the right to fund the government," Issa responded, "you have the right to fund the government to a lesser amount."
Later, apparently with the realization that shutting down the government does not qualify as funding "to a lesser amount," Issa added: "Not funding the government is part of funding it."