While there’s really nothing funny about the government being shut down, there is something funny about the hole Republicans have dug themselves into. Because let’s face facts — Republicans have shut down the government and now they simply don’t know what the hell to do next.
And this is what happens when an entire political party buys into their own propaganda.
See, I’ve noticed one thing when I’ve talked with most Republicans—they really think “Obamacare” can be defunded or repealed. They really think this shutdown is going to put a stop to the health care law. They really believe, at the end of the day, they’re going to win.
But the truth is—they’re not. There’s no ending to this story where Republicans win.
Our entire country might go down the drain, we might default on our debts and hundreds of thousands of Americans might suffer the consequences of the government shutdown, but at the end of the day “Obamacare” is still going to be the law of the land.
They’ve done such a masterful job of carrying out deception and lies over the last few years that they’ve successfully convinced millions of their followers that these shenanigans will work. But ultimately they won’t.
And therein lies the problem for the GOP. The government is now shut down, they’ve convinced millions that their “plan” to defeat “Obamacare” is realistic (though it isn’t) and they know this—but now what? What the heck do they do?
Well the answer is, they have no idea what to do.
Under no circumstance are President Obama and Democrats going to negotiate anything that includes delaying or defunding “Obamacare,” so that’s not ever going to be an option. But that’s what Republicans have painted this shutdown as being about.
So how in the hell can they reopen the government and delay or defund “Obamacare” at the same time? Well, they can’t.
Reopening the government is easy. All that would take is Speaker of the House John Boehner allowing the House to vote on the clean resolution the Senate sent over a few days ago—a vote which he has been blocking. If he would just allow that resolution to come up for a vote in the House, it would pass, and the government would then reopen.
But “Obamacare” would be fully funded.
However, as the shutdown continues, negativity towards the Republican party will only continue to grow. Sure, among their base, support will remain fairly constant — but with moderates and independents (two key demographics needed to win elections) it’s going to continue to deteriorate. But what did they expect? From the start most polls showed the majority of Americans didn’t favor shutting down the government to stop “Obamacare,” so their behavior in doing so was clearly meant to pander to their base.
Which is their problem. They’ve shut down the government to pander to their base, and they know that at the end of it all they really have no way to “win.” So now it’s about ego more than anything else. They can’t simply “give in” because then how will they answer to their right-wing voters who they told this shutdown was going to work? Besides, if they simply give in, what the hell was the point of this to begin with?
I mean, I know the answer to that question. There was absolutely no point—besides grandstanding and pandering to their base.
So, here we are in the midst of this government shutdown, with Boehner refusing to even let the House of Representatives vote on a clean resolution from the Senate so we can reopen the government and Republicans scrambling to figure out just what in the hell they’re going to do next.
Because honestly, I don’t even know. I can’t see them simply “giving in” because they’ll look like absolute fools (well, even more so than they already do). Then there’s no way President Obama and Democrats are going to move an inch on “Obamacare” because they don’t have to. So we have one side that doesn’t need to budge (because they have all the leverage) and the other side which seems to think that they can accomplish the impossible.
So what we have here is a situation where Republicans have backed themselves into a corner and there’s really no way for them to get out of it. They’re either going to have to stretch out this government shutdown so long that even their base will be so frustrated that they’ll simply demand it end (even if that means funding “Obamacare”), or they’ll cave in a few days and look like complete idiots and obstructionists who shut down our government for absolutely no reason.
Because at the end of the day, “Obamacare” is still going to be the law of the land and there’s nothing Republicans can do about it.
Which is something they already know. They’ve cut off their nose to spite their face, and now they simply don’t know what the hell to do next.
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