Query: When is a government shutdown not such a bad idea? Answer: Now.
There are two reasons Democrats won elections back in 2006 and wrested control of Congress from the Republican party: the Democrats ran like Republicans and the Republicans governed like Democrats.
As to the first reason, Democrats strategically recruited and proffered candidates in 2006 who promised to confront their own party leadership and rein in federal spending. That was all nonsense, of course, but frustrated voters bought it nonetheless and decided to give Democrats a chance.
As to the second, Republicans had been governing like Democrats, with wildly out of control spending and huge budget deficits that voters saw, rightly, as a betrayal — just the sort of fiscal policy Republicans had promised to end. Such myopic governance by Republicans served to alienate them from their own base of support, and left them vulnerable to the Democrats party’s duplicity.
Recent history is on the verge of repeating itself. Democrats have already shown their hand with congressional candidates, like Conor Lamb, who sound like moderate Republicans (a sure bet they wouldn’t govern that way). Republicans, meanwhile, govern as though deliberately attempting to alienate the voters who put them back in power … blowing it … again!
The only thing that can save Republicans from themselves may be a presidential veto and a temporary government shutdown.
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