The right-wing tries to justify the shutdown. An ongoing series.
Day 4 of the Delay Obamacare Stalemate. It’s not going well for Republicans.
On day three of the partial government shutdown, a new CBS News poll reveals that a large majority of Americans disapprove of the shutdown and more are blaming Republicans than President Obama and the Democrats for it.
Fully 72 percent of Americans disapprove of shutting down the federal government over differences on the Affordable Care Act; just 25 percent approve of this action.
Senior GOP officials are furious. Big Business CEOs and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have lined up firmly with the president. Republican deep-pocket donors have thrown up their hands and begun to walk away. And, perhaps most distressingly, because the extortion scheme was orchestrated in a haphazard way, it’s become impossible for the conspirators to back out without suffering serious political damage. Now would be a good time for National Review to swoop in and save the day.
There’s no need for Republicans to panic. The government shutdown is not some kind of crisis for American governance (although it certainly does not count as best practices either), or for the party. It always seemed unlikely to produce major Democratic concessions, though, and it still does.
Gee, thanks. You’re being very helpful.
Conservatives should therefore calmly assess the options now available to them. As they do so, they should continue to advocate bills to fund portions of the government, such as the National Institutes of Health, countering the media/Democratic spin about Republicans’ intransigence.
Which the Democrats have all blocked. Without consequence. Anything else?
An alternative that appears to have the support of Speaker John Boehner is to negotiate a “grand bargain.” Republicans would get tax reform, entitlement reform including changes to Obamacare, and other desired reforms . . [but] The politics of this adventure seem impossible: The parties are just too far apart on these issues.
No prospect there. You’re an invaluable resource. Anything else?
A modest bargain makes more sense than a grand one. Democrats would get a temporary increase in spending, and in return Republicans would get a delay of the fine on people without health insurance. Depending on the amount of spending involved, that deal could be a good one for Republicans.
Finally! The clever solution. The Republicans should try to . . delay Obamacare. I never considered that. Wait, wasn’t that legislation already written and passed by Republicans? Yes, and then summarily shredded by the Democrats. Even if the bill should resurrect itself and somehow make it through the Senate, the president has vowed to smash it with a sledgehammer. So how exactly is this a way out of the nightmare? Incidentally, there’s a provision for mental illness entitlements in Obamacare. Just sayin’.
Of the options, the most promising seems to us to be the modest bargain, because the potential payoff — a delay in the mandate — would be more valuable than the Vitter amendment, and more likely than Democratic capitulation to a continued shutdown.
So it’s time to try the modest way. Where Republicans force Democrats to give them everything they ever wanted. This is why National Review is the greatest science fiction periodical in the nation.