Democrats Do What Democrats Do

The GOP’s shutdown strategy has predictably failed. Obamacare, despite its disastrous opening, is not going anywhere. The GOP is hemorrhaging at the polls and taking blame for the situation. The business community is bringing increasing pressure on the GOP to make a deal. So for the last few days, the GOP and Obama have been in talks about both the short- and long-term deals they want to make, starting with raising the debt limit.

If you’ve been watching American politics for a while, you are waiting for the other shoe to drop: when are the Democrats going to overplay their hand? Well, wait no more:

Senate Republicans are holding the line against Democratic demands for a framework to alleviate the across-the-board spending cuts established by sequestration as part of any deal to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.

In talks between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the main sticking point is now where to establish funding levels for the federal government and for how long. The Republican offer made on Friday — to set spending at sequestration levels of $988 billion for the next six months -– was rejected by Reid and others on Saturday on the grounds that it was too favorable to the GOP position and discouraged future negotiations.

By Sunday morning, little notable progress toward a resolution had been made. McConnell, according to sources, was adamant that the spending cuts of sequestration be maintained in any final arrangement.

This is stupid. The push for the last few weeks has been to pass a clean continuing resolution — that is funding the government at its current level while a long-term budget is worked out. That long-term deal could include a relaxation of the sequester … but only in exchange for statutory changes to entitlements that address the massive long-term deficits.

The debt ceiling, however, is only four days away making the wisdom or folly of the sequester irrelevant. For the Democrats to drag this out now is not only ridiculous, it’s politically stupid. The GOP has been getting beat up on the shutdown. Now the Dems are determined that they too must look like idiots.

I would be surprised but … this is utterly consistent with everything we’ve come to expect from the Democrats.

Update: If you want a laugh, trip over to some liberal blogs and witness everyone who has spent the last two weeks talking about petty and vindictive the GOP is suddenly claiming that this is reasonable because the Republicans should be hurt for the shutdown. Notice also how they are re-inventing facts, ignoring that the CR that we’ve been debating for the past three weeks funded the government at sequestration levels.

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  1. Kimpost

    Definite overreach. Probably partly because they knew that House Republicans would object too (which they have). I think that this is where things will land eventually.

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/2741392357001/prospects-for-compromise-to-avert-default-reopen-govt/?playlist_id=930909788001

    Unless of course people like these keep at it.

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/2741392358001/will-tea-party-accept-a-deal-that-doesnt-stop-obamacare/?playlist_id=930909788001

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  2. Seattle Outcast

    Until somebody bitchslaps the WH into having some sense and knowing how politics on the hill works (example: “I won you bitches do as I say….losers” is not it), then nothing is going to happen.

    Obama has no credibility or favors, and Reid, despite years of being in the Senate, is acting like his dementia is acting up again. Good luck finding a middle ground to navigate with that bunch of grandstanding monkeys.

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  3. Iconoclast

    The GOP is hemorrhaging at the polls and taking blame for the situation.

    Irrelevant, or at least it should be. That’s the problem with the GOP — it keeps caving because of “polls”. Fuck that. The GOP needs to grow a pair and learn how to stand on principles, polls be damned.

    In addition to that, the GOP needs to learn how to articulate its position to the American public, instead of letting the Dems call all the shots on that score. Again, it’s a question of growing a pair.

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  4. Hal_10000 *

    I don’t think it’s a a matter of not articulating their positions; the public knows their position on Obamacare quite well. The public disagrees with it (or at least with the tactics).

    Agreed on the polls; I usually think they are irrelevant. But it is clear that public sentiment is against them on this, possibly even more so than with the ’96 shutdown. Their favorability rating is at an all time low. I’m not in favor of direct democracy by any means but if they can’t really claim to be acting with the will of the American people anymore.

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  5. Seattle Outcast

    Gerrymandering of districts will ensure that a large percentage of these people will be re-elected. For example, Nancy Pelosi would most likely have to eat a live baby like a reptilian space alien on national television before her personal polling numbers would drop at all.

    And even then she’d have to bathe herself in the blood of innocents and hold a ritual of resurrection to the Great Old Ones in the shadow of the Washington monument before she’d be in danger of losing an election. Pretty much the same with most of her GOP counterparts.

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  6. Iconoclast

    I don’t think it’s a a matter of not articulating their positions; the public knows their position on Obamacare quite well.

    But the GOP aren’t articulating what exactly is going on wrt the shutdown. The GOP aren’t clearly articulating that the House has the Power of the Purse according to the Constitution, the GOP aren’t articulating that the House did indeed vote to fund ALL OF GOVERNMENT EXCEPT Obamacare, but the Dems flatly rejected that, etc. No, the GOP instead meekly allow the Democrats to portray the GOP as “crazy” “arsonists” “holding America hostage” etc. etc. ad nauseam. No wonder the polls are going the way they are…

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  7. Hal_10000 *

    But the GOP aren’t articulating what exactly is going on wrt the shutdown.

    This may be because the GOP doesn’t know what exactly is going on wrt the shutdown. After the Senate rejected their CR, they went back to other ideas and now we’re down to repealing the medical device tax. And again, the GOP can’t claim their using the power of the purse on the one hand and then say the shutdown is the other side’s fault on the other. Either they’re shutting down the government or they aren’t.

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  8. Section8

    This may be because the GOP doesn’t know what exactly is going on wrt the shutdown. After the Senate rejected their CR, they went back to other ideas and now we’re down to repealing the medical device tax.

    Or it could be too many Hals in this nation who don’t know what they want. They want to be a librarian one day, a democrat the next, then a big L, little L, a half an L a small D, a cursive R, and on and on. Flat out plain and simple fact is Obamacare was modified by a president who just did it because he figured he could, and why not, after a minor oh my, it was just blown off. Hell no need to offer the other side anything right? No need to “compromise”. So yeah the GOP responded and said well why not start shutting down other parts of it too since the precedent has been set, but it’s a GOP divided between fiscal conservatives and those who like the status quo. So when times get tough the predicable bunch runs for the hills.

    As for the tax on devices, maybe that’s because just about every democrat who has one of these companies in their district is also for the repeal of the tax. And why is that? I thought the dems weren’t in the pockets of corporations, maybe that could be a focus of discussion, or maybe we could use this to point out the dems know damn good and well that the effects of such a tax will indeed cost jobs. But why point these things out when we can parrot left wing talking points. Sigh.

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