Shutdown Battle: All Noise, No Signal
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  • Boritz

    Leadership is a big part of it. How many times have we heard senators say “This House bill is dead on arrival in the Senate.” I’d like to hear the House leaders use this tactic about what the Senate sends back to them. Duh Boehner. This Senate bill is dead on arrival in the House. Poetry.

  • Pait

    Republicans have only managed to hold a majority in the House by means of massive gerrymandering. Democratic control of the Senate and the executive reflects the will of the people more accurately. The extremism of House Republicans is a sign of desperation, like a gambler doubling his bets to make of for accumulated losses.

  • wigwag

    In this case the “noise” isn’t coming from the mainstream media, the source of the static is Via Meadia. The coming government shut down is far from inconsequential; that is unless you believe it doesn’t matter which political party controls the White House.

    Which state has the largest number of government workers? If you guessed Virginia, you guessed right. Which state will have the largest number of laid off federal workers? Virginia you say; right again.

    Virginia used to be a reliably red state until it morphed into a swing state. The looming government shutdown will turn Virginia, the twleth largest state, into a state that is as reliably “blue” as New York. It’s just one more state that the 2016 Republican nominee can kiss off along with its electoral votes.

    There’s a reason that Terry McAuliffe is praying for a shutdown while the now longshot campaign of Ken Cuccinelli is panicking.

    By the way, Florida has the sixth largest number of federal employees of any state. A government shutdown won’t help the GOP’s prospects in Florida one bit.

    If Professor Mead thinks there’s a winning strategy for the 2016 GOP presidential nominee who loses Virginia and Florida he should tell us what it is.

    The GOP’s implosion matters a lot, at least if you think it matters who the President of the United States is.

    • wigwag

      Forgive the error, Virginia is home to the second largest number of federal workers not first; California has more federal workers than any other state.

      But it doesn’t change anything; California is already reliably Democratic and the looming shutdown is pushing Virginia in exactly the same direction.

      Of the top 15 states with the most electoral votes, 8 are reliably blue and only 3 are reliably red. Of the four swing states (Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Virginia) only North Carolina looks like it will lean Republican. The other swing states look bluer every day and the government shut down will exacerbate that trend.

      The GOP is committing suicide before our eyes; at least at the presidential level.

      • Bruce

        The government workers like the shutdowns. They get back pay for the time they sat home.

    • cubanbob

      Please. Enough with the melodrama. Unless you are a federal employee or contractor or dependent on government subsidies what does a government shut down really mean? That the NSA won’t be spying on you and the IRS won’t be robbing you? The real panic over the “shut down” is that the democrats are afraid that the private sector won’t notice it. Or care.

  • wigwag

    The GOP’s decision to shut the Government is sure to antagonize another incredibly important GOP constituency, its donor class.

    Billionaires and multi millionaires who finance GOP campaigns are, for the most part, socially liberal and far from economic radicals. They don’t want the Government on lock down, they don’t want a default on the federal debt and they don’t want the value of their equity and fixed income portfolios threatened.

    Sure, there are a few big GOP donors like the Rickets family and the Kochs whose heart goes pitter patter at the sight of tea party activists but they are a distinct minority. McCain’s and Romney’s campaigns were both financed in large part by Wall Street money and especially hedge fund money. Finance types living on Fifth Avenue, Park Avenue, Scarsdale and Greenwich don’t have much sympathy for tea party aspirations; in fact they have no sympathy for those aspirations and guess what? They couldn’t care less about Obama care.

    Without their financial support the 2016 GOP candidate has zero chance of being elected. While GOP House members in safe districts may not need to worry, Republican House members, senatorial candidates and gubernatorial candidates in swing districts and states are desperately dependent on the largess of the donor class.

    Antagonizing that class as the House GOP is doing is a dreadful self-inflicted wound. Hillary Clinton is on a first name basis with virtually all of the big GOP donors; in fact, she and Bill have partied with most of them and vacationed with some of them.

    GOP populists may think these donors are part of the problem not the solution but here’s a newsflash, without these donors the GOP is toast.

    Making them angry, which is what the House Republicans are doing, is a very, very bad idea.

    • cubanbob

      All the money in the world isn’t going to make a bad product successful. Antagonizing the bulk of your voters is an even worse idea.

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