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article imageOp-Ed: Testy, angry GOP sparring with media

By William M. Schmalfeldt     Oct 3, 2013 in Politics
Washington - On Wednesday, Sen. Harry Reid lit into CNN's Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash for asking basically, "what about the babies" as a reason for Reid to give the GOP what they wanted. Thursday, GOP lawmakers returned the favor by yelling at MSNBC anchors.
According to Talking Points Memo, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus got into a heated exchange with MSNBC host Thomas Roberts on Thursday over Republicans' role in closing the federal government and the shaky rollout of the Affordable Care Act.
Priebus stood by Congressional Republicans for seeking to negotiate with President Barack Obama by entering conference committee negotiations on a short-term measure to fund the government. Roberts noted, to Mr. Preibus' displeasure, that such negotiations were predicated upon delaying or defunding his signature health law.
"Why do we need to attach the solutions or changes that go along with the law that has been vetted by the Supreme Court, by a mandate by the people reelecting the president and both houses of Congress," Roberts asked. "Why should that be attached to to shutting down the government and as the president is saying basically writing a ransom note and asking for some type of goody bag in response for Congress doing its job to govern?"
"Those are some pretty good talking points," the RNC chair shot back. "Let me just rewind."
"They're not talking points," Roberts said. "That's directly from what the president just gave us."
"I think you should apply for a job in the Obama administration," Priebus said later, after several minutes of sparring with the MSNBC host.
"No, I'll come work for you guys and help you sort out what's going on because your message is befuddled," Roberts said.
Good stuff. But we're not finished. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) thought MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell was "rude" some months ago.
"I was on 'Morning Joe' at 6:00 in the morning the day after his first appearance on "Meet the Press" back in January. He had just been elected and he was trashing everyone else and being very rude to Chuck Schumer who was saying, you know, 'my new colleague from Texas,' 'the gentleman from Texas.' on 'Meet the Press' the morning before," Mitchell said. "And I said this is a different kind of senator. He then came up to me at a Washington dinner a week later and said that I was rude to him on 'Morning Joe.'"
But she added that the strategy is "working for him so far."
And now we have Republicans yelling at Park Rangers.
Republicans like Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX), don't seem quite as worked up about babies with cancer going without treatment, hungry families going without food or mommy and daddy going without jobs as they are about the closing of the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC. TPM recounts how Rep. Neugebauer got into a heated exchange with a National Parks Service Ranger at the World War II Memorial over the closure of the park because of the government shutdown.
Neugebauer, one of a number of Republicans who have tried to use the closed memorial to bash the Obama administration and Democrats on the shutdown, confronted the ranger while surrounded by a crowd of onlookers. Neugebauer asked the Ranger how she could turn World War II veterans away.
"How do you look at them and…deny them access?" the congressman asked.
"It's difficult," she responded.
"Well, it should be difficult," Neugebauer snapped.
"It is difficult," the Ranger said. "I'm sorry sir."
"The Park Service should be ashamed of themselves," Neugebauer said.
"I'm not ashamed," the Ranger said.
Members of the crowd then chimed in. One person shouted "This woman is doing her job, just like me."
"I'm a 30-year federal veteran -- I'm out of work," the man continued.
"Well, the reason you are is because [Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid decided to shutdown the government," Neugebauer said.
"No, it's because the government won't do its job and pass a budget," the man responded.
And... scene.
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