Right smack in the middle of a lecture about small groups holding government "hostage," Trump's budget director Mick Mulvaney was stopped in his tracks by his own history of doing exactly the same thing.
On Sunday morning, Trump Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director and pseudo-Acting Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Mick Mulvaney tried to lecture members of Congress on shutdown gamesmanship, but it didn’t work out so well for him.
When “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson asked him about the prospect of a shutdown, Mulvaney derided a group of “right-wingers” in Congress, among others, for “holding the government hostage.”
That’s when the magic happened: Dickerson pointed out that Mulvaney was once one of those right-wingers who wanted to hold the government hostage.
DICKERSON: People used to say that about you — you were in one of those little groups when you wanted to shut the government down for reasons. You have changed your stripes!
MULVANEY: No, well — all the more reason the system should be fixed. We don’t spend money properly in Washington, D.C. We jump these massive bills to massive bills. The government shut down, I think, John, 17 times in 20 years between ’80 and ’94, something like that.
In fact, when Mulvaney was in the House of Representatives, he was a member of a group that literally called itself the “Shutdown Caucus,” and even during his current stint as OMB director, has extolled the virtues of a “good shutdown” — to none other than John Dickerson.
While Mulvaney is currently feinting at blaming “all sides” if there’s a shutdown, the Trump administration will try hard to resist fixing things like DACA and CHIP by blaming Democrats for shutdown politics.
But Republicans control both houses of Congress and the White House. If there is a shutdown, Republicans will own it, and Mulvaney’s name will be on the deed.