Tuesday, October 01, 2013

The Games Begin

It's all about fault now.  Here we have the Democrats, who refuse to negotiate on anything, harping about Tea Party this, Tea Party that, extremists suicide bombers hostage takers (meaning they only bargain with real terrorists these days).

The amazing thing is that they are so confident on the media's bias and the public's indifferent stupidity they just plow ahead with the nonsense, convinced a great win is around the corner after they teach these teabaggers a lesson.  And they've no doubt been coached to say this stuff by the best Democratic strategists money and power can buy, many of whom went through the Clinton shutdown.

But in explaining this today the WaPo revealed something.   Everyone has heard the old saying about lies--repeat the same one over and over and eventually people will come to believe it.  The Democrats and media are lying about how the previous shutdown impacted the GOP, trying to parlay it into this one, but rarely does a political operative openly admit it (emphasis added):
Republican leaders are all too aware of how they came to be seen as the losers during the last government shutdown, in the winter of 1995 and 1996. At the time, the Clinton administration argued that House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) and his Republican caucus were too extreme.
We just repeated that over and over again until it sunk in,” said Democratic strategist Mike McCurry, who was White House press secretary at the time.
The WaPo also posted a chart of government shutdowns and their duration. Here it is:

As can be seen, there have been plenty of funding lapses.  They don't occur by mistake, they occur over policy differences.  But if the current crop of Republicans are bomb-strapping terrorist extremists for standing up for their position now leading to a shutdown, what were the House Democrats during the Carter administration?   Was Tip O'Neill an extremist?  

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