Dick Durbin posted on Facebook that a Republican Party House Leader told President Obama “I cannot even stand to look at you,” in a high level negotiation during the government shutdown:
“Many Republicans searching for something to say in defense of the disastrous shutdown strategy will say President Obama just doesn't try hard enough to communicate with Republicans. But in a ‘negotiation’ meeting with the president, one GOP House Leader told the president: ‘I cannot even stand to look at you.’
What are the chances of an honest conversation with someone who has just said something so disrespectful?”
The Republican Party line of attack that Obama didn’t negotiate with them during the government shutdown gets punctured from two sides here. The picture painted by Durbin has, 1) Obama negotiating and 2) high level Republican Party folks insulting him to his face.
The other thing that Durbin’s account illustrates is that conservative Republicans really believe the stuff they say. They think Obama is an evil socialist, even though an objective look at his policies makes him a center-left Democrat.
It’s not clear who Durbin is referring to. He isn’t saying (which makes sense if you imagine the ensuing he-said, he-said fiasco) and Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor deny saying or hearing those words.
With the “Obama didn’t negotiate” argument rendered moot, the Republican Party is left to hope that the Obamacare website never solves its issues. That sentence tells you all too much about American politics right now.