Saturday, October 5, 2013

Post Declares Stutzman "Poster Boy" for the Shutdown

It appears that Todd Rokita isn't the only Indiana legislator embarrassing himself in the spotlight of the Republican's ludicrous government shutdown. While Rokita was scrambling to recover from his sexist remarks to a CNN reporter, Rep. Marlin Stutzman revealed the utter cynicism behind Republican tactics in one quotable utterance: "We’re not going to be disrespected. We have to get something out of this. And I don't know what that even is."

Stutzman's gem became the quote of the day in the national media from the Huffington Post to ABC News (who noted the President Obama quoted Stutzman in a speech) to the Washington Post, which noted that Harry Reid offered a mock apology for disrespecting Stutzman and had his quote on a poster beside him at a press conference. The Post's Ezra Klein used Stutzman to illustrate his point about hollowness of the Republican position:
The fight over the shutdown has become unmoored from any particular policy demands the GOP believes it can secure. It's become an issue of pride and politics. At this point, Republicans simply need something so they can tell themselves, and their base, that they didn't lose. They don't know what that something is, exactly. But it needs to be something.
The Post offered this accolade to the Hoosier congressman: "Marlin Stutzman, for becoming the shutdown’s poster boy, you had the worst week in Washington. Congrats, or something."

Looks like Rokita's competition as the new Dan Burton is heating up.