GOP Rep. Exasperated With ‘Giddy’ House Conservatives As Shutdown Looms

With a government shutdown appearing imminent Monday, a Republican congressman expressed frustration with the conservative wing of his party.

“We’re pretty much out of options at this point,” Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) said, as quoted by the Wall Street Journal.

“They’re all giddy about it,” he said in reference to Republicans most unwilling to compromise. “You know who benefits the most here from a shutdown? The Democrats benefit and they know that.”

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) also admitted that Republicans will be damaged politically in the event of a government shutdown. Meanwhile, a poll released Monday showed that Americans will be more inclined to blame congressional Republicans for a shutdown than President Barack Obama.

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