Jack Crab:…You go down there, General, if you’ve got the nerve.
General Custer:Still trying to outsmart me, aren’t you, mule-skinner. You want me to think that you don’t want me to go down there, but the subtle truth is you really *don’t* want me to go down there!
Little Big Man 1970
The MSM is continuing to hammer the GOP over the new government shutdown that has taken place today. Everything is all about “When will the GOP blink?”, “When will the GOP run away?” They point to the new polls showing that by a ten point margin the GOP gets more blame than the White House or Senate. Given the constant drumbeat of the media, the GOP vs Dem rating is actually quite an accomplishment.
The MSM doesn’t see any way for the GOP to win this but the truth is they have the win in their hand. In fact the answer is so simple I’m almost ashamed I have to detail it.
Here is basically how it works: It starts with the following speech from John Boehner:
Today thanks to the intransigence of the White House and Harry Reid government has shut down. We have sent bill after bill, we have tried and the White House and the Senate has decided Obamacare, the Medical Devices Tax and perks for members of congress that are not available to average Americans are more important than funding government.
But the essence of the solution and compromise is not to emphasize disagreement but to advance where we agree and that is what we in the house intend to do
Today as part of the closing of government national parks are being closed, both democrats and republicans are in favor of wanting American’s to enjoy them. We are sending Harry Reid a bill to fully fund the national park system and I invite the Democrats to pass it.
At this point the house passes the funding for National Parks and the Senate can either pass it or not pass it.
If the Senate tables it, or votes it down: During every single media appearance GOP members should ask why the Democrats are unwilling to fund national parks, something all Americans agree on, and let democrats explain why they can’t vote for that spending. This should not change until the Senate either votes for it, or agrees to a conference committee.
If the Senate votes for it and the president signs it: The GOP spends one day praising it as compromise and a sign we can work together and ask for a Democrat counter offer or conference etc:
If an acceptable compromise or conference is offered: Accept it saying “We’re pleased that the Democrats have FINALLY decided to compromise.”
If not then wait a day then repeat the initial speech with a different part of Government. It must be a part of government that has broad support with the American People of both parties and pass a bill to fund that part of government with the same: I invite Democrats to pass it. And repeat the process above until you get to the final compromise.
This should continue until you run out of parts of government that has broad support. Once you are down to the pieces of government that are overwhelmingly supported by democrats and overwhelmingly opposed by republicans, Planned Parenthood funding, Acorn, PBS etc etc etc. simply stop.
At this point the only folks complaining will be people who will not be voting for you anyway, let them complain and wait for Democrats to offer a deal you can accept, if they do, fine. If they don’t then congratulate yourselves, because you have effectively cut every piece of government that we shouldn’t be funding anyway.
And when the vast majority of voters note that they can do without those pieces of government, the game is over and you’ve won.
That’s what John Boehner should do, if he has the guts.
Update: Great minds and all that
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, floated a proposal Tuesday to end the stalemate that led to the government shutdown by asking Congress to pass smaller, individual agency budgets rather than one big measure to cover all its programs.
Lee said on the Senate floor that he supports passing temporary budgets for the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, the federal courts, NASA and the Interior Department so that their operations could continue while Congress debates funding for the Democrats’ health-care law.
Update: added the missing word “then” to a sentence
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