Newt Gingrich Wants to Party Like It’s 1995
It seems to me that it’s a pretty firm piece of political conventional wisdom that the 1995 budget shutdown was a political fiasco for Newt Gingrich and his fellow congressional conservatives. And yet Lee Fang observes that Gingrich is touting a new version of the strategy as his plan for what to do if John Boehner becomes Speaker of the House of Representatives: “When we win control of the House and Senate this fall, Stage One of the end of Obamaism will be a new Republican Congress in January that simply refuses to fund any of the radical efforts.” For example, he observes that “If EPA gets no budget, it can’t enforce cap-and-trade.” Nor the Clean Water Act!
We make it a policy on this blog to take any possible excuse to link to Alanis Morissette videos, so in honor of this straight outta 1995 political strategy, here’s 1995’s breakout hit “You Oughtta Know” (also an appropriate celebration of Gingrich’s serial infidelity):
I don’t think voters are very good at understanding the overall consequences of their congressional votes, but I do hope people consider whether they really want the government to simply cease all regulation of business enterprises due to lack of funds when they contemplate their election options.