Krauthammer’s Take: Rejecting Spending Deal Would Have Been ‘Mindless’

by NRO Staff

Charles Krauthammer said Thursday night that he agreed with Speaker of the House John Boehner’s criticism of conservative groups and their tactics in spending fights.

“The only choice of those who would reject the deal would be to go up until the deadline of January 15th,” he said on Special Report, “and the only leverage Republicans would have would be to shut down the government.

“We tried that in October. It was a disaster,” Krauthammer said, arguing that that the news stories in January would have been about such a shutdown, not Obamacare’s continuing problems. Rejecting the spending deal, he said, would have been “mindless.”

Krauthammer praised the GOP for taking the deal, lauding them for preserving 70 percent of the sequester cuts over the next two years and ending the “endless extension of unemployment benefits.”