GOP Congressman: We’re Willing to Lose the House

Georgia Republican Phil Gingrey just took Washington brinksmanship up a few notches. He says the GOP is absolutely prepared to lose the House in the 2014 elections in order to get concessions from the White House.

Gingery told Roll Call that President Obama is “missing the determination of the Republican party.”

“I mean, they seem to think that we will miss this opportunity for a ‘Braveheart’ moment to do the right thing for the American people and that we’ll back down for fear of losing the House and not gaining control of the Senate,” Gingrey said.

President Barack Obama held a news conference Tuesday during which he reiterated his position that Democrats would not negotiate with Republicans “for the mere act of reopening the government or paying our bills.”

But Republicans insist Obama will have to negotiate if he wants the debt ceiling raised, and it is that impasse that makes a debt default far more likely than many anticipate.

“I don’t think he’s going to win a game of chicken,” said Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., about Obama’s “no negotiations” position.