“We Republicans need to be willing to tolerate a temporary, partial government shutdown.” — Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.
The Hill: “President Obama has already warned Republicans, though, that he will not tolerate another extended debate over the debt ceiling… “While I will negotiate over many things, I will not have another debate with this Congress over whether or not they should pay the bills that they’ve already racked up through the laws that they passed,” he said on Tuesday night. “If Congress refuses to give the United States government the ability to pay these bills on time, the consequences for the entire global economy would be catastrophic — far worse than the impact of a fiscal cliff,” Obama added. Toomey disagreed with Obama’s argument that the debt ceiling is about paying past debts. “It’s to enable him to engage in the future spending that he wants,” he said.”
President Obama was re-elected just two months ago with 51% of the vote — as the first president in over 50 years to win 51% twice. Toomey, like Lindsey Graham, either needs intensive therapy or a voter intervention to remind him that there are a number of things Republicans need to be willing to do — and the first would be accepting they lost (which would include their “vision” and their “priorities”).