The Democrats’ strategy has been made easier by the fact that the GOP went into the shutdown with no prospect of succeeding in its demand to gut the Affordable Care Act and with no fallback plan.
There is winning and losing strategy, but, because of its nature, all strategy has a flaw.
The flaw in the GOP’s strategy was in the means it actually had in re-opening the government. It turned out, when it came to doing something instead of being something (a Congressman in the House of Representatives) the GOP had nothing to “do”.
The GOP had wanted to open only those parts of the government that was needed, but ended up wanting to open all parts of the government.
You may ask, why did they want to open all parts of the government? Because, like faith-based domestic programs, they need all parts of the government to make it work.
I grant you it is a minor flaw, but devastating if you are a member of the House Republicans.
There is another Wingnut, waiting to take your seat, even nuttier than you, and you just gave him/her your seat.
Signed, The People
via Obama and Democrats, united by shutdown, looking for gains beyond it – The Washington Post.
House Speaker John A. Boehner, apparently sharing Obama administration alarm about a possible debt default, has told colleagues he will act to raise the federal debt limit even if he has to rely on the votes of House Democrats, GOP aides said Thursday.
I always thought Boehner was one of those weepy-eyed end-timers, who has decided to stand, wringing their hands, waiting for the world to end.
Climate-change and something unimportant to them such as not paying the world back for the money they lent us, means nothing to these people.
Apparently I was wrong about Boehner.
via GOP aides: Boehner tells colleagues he will avoid a default on federal debt – The Washington Post.