Democrats are talking up a potential government shutdown, fretting to the press about the GOP and the upcoming debt-ceiling vote. In an interview, Sen. Jim DeMint (R., S.C.) tells NRO that this line of attack is absurd. “They think people are stupid,” DeMint sighs.
“We don’t have any plans to shut down the government,” DeMint says. “Democrats want to force through more spending. They are going to try to say, when we are trying to cut things in the budget, that we are holding up funding for the government. They’re just trying to set the stage to scare people.”
“The government won’t shut down unless the Democrats want it to,” DeMint says, looking ahead. “We are going to pass a funding bill. But they are going to have to support some reasonable cuts.” He points to the House GOP spending-cuts package as something Senate Republicans will likely back.