Government shutdown: what’s really going on – and who’s to blame? | World news | theguardian.com

English: Barack Obama signing the Patient Prot...

English: Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an excellent, MUST-READ article from the Guardian. Check it out!

Government shutdown: what’s really going on – and who’s to blame? | World news | theguardian.com.

As I have indicated in an earlier blog, I have sympathies with the Republicans on Obamacare; however, I think that they on to a hiding-to-nothing, and will be penalized by the US public.

Any thoughts?

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  1. Are Republicans the new Democrats?

    Remember how in the 90′s Democrats used to whine and complain that Republicans won battle after battle because they were better organised, more disciplined and more ruthless? Well maybe the boot is on the other foot now…

    The budget / Obama-care battle is looking like one that will (sadly) be a victory for the Dems. Poll after poll shows that voters will blame the GOP for the shut down. Which is why Boehner desperately wanted to avoid this battle and save his fire for the debt ceiling fight which is just around the corner. But could he control his caucus? No. Well, not nearly as effectively as Harry Reid controlled his. Not a single Dem senator broke ranks on the budget fight, even the “red state” ones who are facing tough re-election battles and could be hurt by this.

    If Boehner had had his way, then the GOP in the house would have avoided this fight and instead been alive and well to win the debt ceiling fight. But he couldn’t control his flock as well as Reid controls his.

    So we will bleed centre-ish support over this fight instead of scoring valuable points in a totally win-able debt ceiling battle…

    And by being totally inflexible on any compromise to the budget, Reid has ruthlessly forced the first of these two big battles to be fought on terrain that favours him and will thus deliver a well-thought out victory for our Democrat friends.

    • Thanks for this interesting and clarifying post.

      I must admit, I struggle to understand the different forces within the modern Republican Party; they seem to be pulling against each other with different idealogies. Any clarification would be appreciated.

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