To the expected chagrin of Republicans who had feverishly tried to blame the shutdown on President Obama, the shutdown has picked up another G.O.P. Congressional cheerleader.
Rep. John Fleming (R-LA), already infamous on this column for his low-IQ, love of conspiracy theories and extreme gullibility, has joined Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Ted Yoho (R-FL) and Jim Bredinstine (R-OK) in applauding the debt ceiling fight and subsequent shutdown, heedless of their many colleagues out there trying to pretend they never wanted it at all.
More than that, Fleming has already pledged "to start this all over again" in January of next year.
"I'll vote against it," Fleming said of the future funding bill (which has not even begun to be written yet), as quoted by the New York Times. "But that will get us into Round 2. See, we’re going to start this all over again."
Fleming also flat out admitted to reporters on Tuesday that Republicans wanted to use the looming debt limit deadline as leverage.
"We want to make a deal that they can't refuse, and we're running out of time," Fleming said after a GOP conference meeting Tuesday morning. "Timing is very important here. They're going to be more motivated to take this up. Otherwise, they miss the Thursday deadline."