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Friday, October 11, 2013

Politics as Usual?

Politics as Usual?

You may have noticed a recent shift in the Republican narrative over the government shutdown.  At the time of the stalemate, we were told that the issue was Obamacare, and that Republicans would demand cooperation and negotiation on funding its implementation.  Now, all of a sudden, the discussion is about the debt.  Republicans have seemingly lost interest in Obamacare but are requesting debt reform if they are willing to raise the debt ceiling.  A resolution is now in sight.

Why the sudden change?  The analysis I’ve heard is that Republicans see polls blaming them for the shutdown and don’t expect Democrats to feel adequate pressure to negotiate on Obamacare.  It is the Republicans who will surrender.  To save face, though, they are changing the narrative to an issue over which they can expect a little give, and then both sides can claim to have gotten something out of the ordeal.

If that’s true, it is a betrayal.  We’ve heard the stories of real suffering caused by the shutdown, and for that reason I would like to see a solution as soon as possible.  But for Republicans to abandon the central issue and play misdirection with the debt is a joke.

This week I received a call from the RNC asking for money.  It’s been so long since I donated, I wonder why they keep calling, but perseverance is a virtue.  I explained why I wouldn’t be giving any money, but I was assured that the party is serious now, and will not be cowed on life, marriage and religious freedom issues.  I will be watching closely, making phone calls, and trying to hold Republicans accountable.