October 18th, 2013
04:11 PM ET
11 months ago

A defeated GOP wants to unite, move on, fight another day

Washington (CNN) - In a large conference-style room in the basement of the U.S. Capitol, Republican members of the House, exhausted from more than two weeks of battling on the shutdown and debt ceiling crisis, met for one last time.

They met in a room that had often been filled with contentious debate, snickering rebels, quiet observers and frustrated moderators. But on the night the House voted to reopen the government, the mood was different.

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  1. Data Driven

    Ugh, I'm blown out on the "GOP". I mean, I get that they're the Crazy Party and therefore more entertaining, but can we give em a rest for 5 minutes?

    What are the DEMS up to? - BESIDES Hillary, I mean?

    October 18, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    The defeated GOP needs to do some serious soul searching. But that would require not only admitting defeat, but also admitting that they are out of step with most Americans. I suppose they're going to need a few more gut punch TKOs before they get the message.

    October 18, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. Tampa Tim

    Doho wanted to know when they were going to fight Obamacare. Does this tool realize that this is not like fighting over the cost of a dog vasectomy? To cause a great global economic disaster over a program that will help insure 45 million people and cut the debt is not something a normal person would do. Although, we have had our share of elected republican nut cases from FL, and he will take his rightful place among them.

    October 18, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    Let me guess, its a " messaging" issue, people are just not understanding what the Party is saying, the people have been brainwashed by the " lamestream media": as my grandfather from England would say, " Bollocks".

    October 18, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    I hope they 'splode into a million pieces ... or two parties ... either way, I'm happy.

    October 18, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. rs

    Truth is: the GOP learned nothing.
    A majority of their members voted the other night for default over resolving their ill-advised attempt at crashing the government and economy.
    IMHO, that speaks volumes.
    It means:
    The GOP is no better than puffed up domestic terrorists- they seemingly just want to hurt America
    The GOP is apparently reprehensibly stupid. Their policies are unpopular, radical and are a leading cause of their electoral defeats and yet they contine these radical, ever-rightward actions that will only lead them to ruin
    The GOP demonstrates it's brand of "fiscal conservatism" by blowing through $24 billion for a 16-day illegal shutdown of the government, with no coherent rationale obvious

    October 18, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. GOP = Greed Over People

    Who are they going to blame for this debacle?

    The media made a star out of Canuck Cruz, he delivered a 21 hour of rambling rendition of what he does not like in the government. We had rallies with the skirt in attendance. They exploited veterans for political gain.

    That only leaves the message: Defund Obamacare(s).

    Wait, somehow, that did not come out the way it does inside the FOX echo chamber?

    October 18, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. Pk duster

    Get rid of the orange man the gop has been a mess with him

    October 18, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  9. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    They want to "Fight another day"? How about just legislating for the people who put them in office? It's pretty much worked that way for several centuries. No need to reinvent the wheel.

    October 18, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh for goodness sake. I am tired of GOP talking points.

    Unity, my behind. This is an extremely divided party and all the mumble jumble talk isn't going to put the Koch's party back together again any time soon.

    October 18, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    The party has no ability to match the huge political machine that Obama has built. It is simply insurmountable. The dictator has won.

    October 18, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  12. 2L

    Cruz (and his aide) need to refreshen themselves on the definition of insanity

    October 18, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  13. NO TEA FOR ME

    @Rick McDaniel-when the government reopened the people won.

    October 18, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |