House Republicans could pass a bill that funds the government while killing all ObamaCare spending. But the Democratic Senate could just amend the measure to restore funding and send it back to the House. What then? Even the defund strategy’s authors say they don’t want a government shutdown. But their approach means we’ll get one.
respected paycheck-generating commentator just called the Republican strategy to try to “defund” ObamaCare in the latest budget battle stupid.*
I am a Timothy Egan fan. He is spot-on:
In Darrell Issa, for the age of dysfunctional politics, we have the government we deserve.
Issa and everyone else. Sure, government is supposed to be accountable to the people, but the people are supposed to hold it accountable.
This is an epic piece, particularly this tangential line: "Immigration reform—the most significant thing lawmakers could do in this decade—is a critically ill patient in the emergency room of the Republican House."
I’d hire a gay guy if I thought he was a good worker. But if he comes into work in a tutu… he’s not producing what I want in my office. If a guy has a particular predilection and keeps it to himself, that’s fine. But if he wants to use my business as a platform for his lifestyle, why should I have to subsidize that? And that’s what these anti-discrimination laws do.Cornel Rasor, chair of the Idaho Republican Party’s resolutions committee. In the last year and a half, six Idaho cities have passed ordinances banning workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation; Idaho Republicans aren’t happy with this, and so party officials have passed a non-binding resolution calling on the state’s Republicans to do everything they can to invalidate said ordinances. source
Basically, Republicans are attacking Obama where he is least vulnerable and at a time when they have minimal credibility. It isn’t working. By trying to turn everything into a scandal rather than saying Obama’s policies are wrongheaded—and rather than fixing their own image problems with minority, female, younger, and moderate voters—Republicans are focusing on attacking a guy whose name will never again appear on a ballot.Polling guru and political analyst Charlie Cook, explaining why Republicans’ attacks on President Obama may ultimately fall flat. Despite the media feeding frenzy over the three concurrent scandals to hit the Obama White House, the President’s approval rating has hardly suffered at all: In general, it’s hovered around 51%, with one poll even showing an uptick since April. Meanwhile, a recent CNN poll showed the Republican Party with the highest negative ratings—59%—that either party has received in more than 20 years. “Americans may not be ecstatic about President Obama and his policies,” Cook writes, “but compared with the Republicans, they think Obama doesn’t look so bad.” source