Devin Nunes (AP/Gary Kazanjian)

GOP civil war rages on

Republican Rep. Devin Nunes blasts fellow Republicans: "Lemmings with suicide vests"


Elias Isquith
October 1, 2013 1:40AM (UTC)

Rep. Devin Nunes had some choice words to describe some of his Republican colleagues on Monday, referring to them as "Lemmings with suicide vests."

"They have to be more than just a lemming. Because jumping to your death is not enough," said Nunes.

“You have this group saying somehow if you’re not with them, you’re with Obamcare. If you’re not with their plan — exactly what they want to do, you’re with Obamcare. It’s getting a little old.”

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Nunes said he would support House leadership’s latest strategy: A bill that would keep the government open but delay the individual mandate for a year. But he said that approach means a government shutdown will be all but certain.

The result for his party? “You guys ever watch 16 Candles?” he asked a small group of reporters. “You guys remember Long Duk Dong at the end? That’s going to be us tomorrow, waking up on the grass, crashed automobile. That’s us.”


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