The expected, typical and brain-dead media response to the government shut-down is the same re-run of their cheer leading for ObamaCare: the net result is that they encourage the Dems to overplay their hand.
By doing so, the liberal media effectively inflates President Obama’s over-sized ego with their kneeling coverage of the White House and their-hero-the-President. And this increases the Dems’ political vulnerability, widescreen, just like it did during the debate on ObamaCare.
But they can’t see it, so they keep making things worse for the President. And they will never hold his feet to the fire, and inject some much needed perspective and reality into the White House — no, they are always at bow, and scrape.
Now, in one small segment of the leftist media empire, they have taken a breath from their ObamaCare-is-great/not-passing-debt-limit-is-bad hyper-ventilating long enough to notice that the toxic nature of ObamaCare still exists, and via the leftist Mediaite they report:
“I really don’t like the Republican tactics, but at least now I can understand why they are so pissed about this.”
If you had to crystallize the Democratic Party’s greatest fear into a single sentence, it would be the one above. This was the sentiment expressed by Cindy Vinson, a 60-year-old retired teacher and San Jose, California resident, who learned last week that she will be responsible for $1,800 more in annual costs for an individual health care policy following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
“I was laughing at [House Speaker John] Boehner – until the mail came today,” Tom Waschura, a 52-year-old Portola Valley resident and partisan Democrat who discovered his family of four will now be responsible for $10,000 more in insurance costs.
ObamaCare has worked out so well for them this long, what could go wrong? (The part about losing 63 U.S. House seats and the Speakership seems to have gone right by them.)
Especially since the shrill cries of not raising the debt limit equals default are simply, to 39% of the public, just that, shrill.
Since the President can pick and choose what he wants to shut down and keep open, then it is also clear he can pick a choose what bills to pay, since that is what he is doing by keeping the Park Service employees paid, but shutting down the World War II Memorial.
Therefore, I expect Senator Coburn’s mantra, that the President can pay the debt without increasing the debt limit, to begin to gain traction beyond what is now showing up in the polls.
Of course, this is the President’s fault that Senator Coburn is gaining traction, the President’s unreasonableness has shot off the charts because of his refusal to deal on ObamaCare, meaning that the public is learning that not increasing the debt limit does not equal default (from USA Today):
“I would dispel the rumor that is going around that you hear on every newscast, that if we don’t raise the debt ceiling, we will default on our debt,” said Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., Monday on CBS This Morning. “We won’t. We’ll continue to pay our interest.”
Coburn and other Republicans argue that the Treasury Department could prioritize interest payments while delaying others. The House has passed a bill requiring the Treasury to do just that.
And now, with forty percent of the public, not raising the debt limit, does not equal default.
So, now what are the Dems and their cheer leading, kneeling media lap-dogs going do? Are they going to insist (some more) that not raising the debt limit really means default — just like they’ve been insisting for the last three years that ObamaCare is great?
That’s worked out for them, really well, hasn’t it?
The best play of the debt limit fight goes to Senator Coburn, since his mantra has now changed everything. (The recent Pew Poll just proved that.)