One of the most solid pieces of conventional wisdom in the MSM is that a government shutdown hurts the GOP.
Back in October the MSM went on and on about how horrible the shutdown was. Every single day the GOP in general & Ted Cruz in particular were attacked. The House was decried as obstructionists, bi-partisan spending bills which were regularly passed with 30 votes were ignored by the media and Harry Reid unwillingness to bring any of them up to a vote was completely ignored by the mass media.
When a deal was finally made that gave the left pretty much what they wanted the media talked about how Ted Cruz & the Tea Party had not only given President Obama, who had just been humiliated in Syria, a badly needed victory but had pretty much destroyed their power and influence for good.
Then Obamacare imploded.
While the Obamacare site crashed and burned and American’s health plans disappeared taking Democrats 2014 fortunes with it, the media took time from playing defense for the law & the White House to attack Ted Cruz & the Tea Party as fools whose shut down fight kept the focus off of Obamacare’s failures for weeks.
Four months later things are no better for the left.
You have guys like Ron Fournier writing stories like: “Why I’m getting sick of Defending Obamacare“& MSNBC actually covering it.
You have the spectacle of the White House not only delaying parts of Obamacare once again but trying to intimidate business’ into accepting the costs of this law against their own interests.
Things look bleak for Democrats. They need a game changer, need one fast and with the debt ceiling they had a perfect chance to let the GOP stew in its own juices:
So what happens?
Ah so the GOP decided they didn’t want to have this fight and passed a debt ceiling bill to get it off the table solving Speaker Boehner’s problems right?
Well not exactly:
The bill was approved in a 221-201 vote, largely on the backs of Democrats. Only 28 Republicans voted for it, while 199 voted against.
Only two Democrats voted against the clean debt-ceiling hike, which was backed by the White House and Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, while 193 voted “yes.” The two defections were Rep. Jim Matheson (Utah), who is not running for reelection, and Rep. John Barrow (Ga.), who faces a tough race.
Excuse me? The Democrats bailed the GOP out?
The GOP speaker is of course delighted but confused that is caucus is not:
Boehner just stood there for a moment after he finished, eyed the room, and walked toward his seat. On his way there, Boehner shook his head, then turned to the nearly mute crowd and wondered aloud why he wasn’t getting applause. “I’m getting this monkey off your back and you’re not going to even clap?”
While he is confused by his caucus’ reaction he can take solace in the fact that the Morning Joe table on MSNBC is praising of him with only the slightest critique by Joe Scarborough.
As so many seem confused by the disappointment of conservatives lack of celebration let me explain it in easy to understand terms:
Democrats given the choice of…
Sitting back and watching the GOP fail to pass a debt ceiling bill causing another shutdown that would assure them of hundreds of hours of video and thousands of pages of print coverage excoriating the GOP for doing so.
Voting en masse to pass a debt ceiling bill taking the issue off the table for the GOP and making it a one day story.
Choose plan B!
Think about that a second:
Those Democrats who still use last years shutdown as a talking point;
Those Democrats who spent the last week arguing disincentives to work are a good thing
Those Democrats who a few minutes after the latest Obamacare delay sent out a blast e-mail INSISTING it is working
At the moment Democrats are in most need of a boost to their electoral fortunes those Democrats Choose Plan B!
Maybe it’s just me but doesn’t anyone in the House leadership or the MSM find it even a tad odd that the House Democrats were willing to provide so many votes for something completely opposite to what conventional wisdom says is their political advantage in a tough election year?
Could it be because it isn’t?
Update: don’t Gloat? Tells Nancy Pelosi to Dems…
Before the House voted to raise the debt ceiling without any spending reductions or restorations of the military pension cuts Tuesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) reportedly warned her members not to act like Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman and taunt the “mediocre” GOP leadership for caving.
…If the Democrat leader has to warn her caucus not to gloat in public over this bill perhaps the GOP leader should not be wondering why his caucus isn’t cheering.
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