I’ve been energized and frequently convinced by the what The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky writes about the GOP shutdown. Today, for instance, he argues that Boehner will eventually have to “buckle down” and let a clean CR pass the house, ending the shutdown. To back up this opinion, he points out a growing number of Republicans who are making conciliatory noises, as well as the general unease that many GOPers are evincing in the face of what they have wrought.
However, for that to happen – and Tomasky hints at as much – the GOP is going to have to be forced to acknowledge that they are not speaking for all or even most Americans, as they fatuously insist. Polls will help to bring them to their senses on this issue – and on Day One of the Shutdown of 2013, they’ve been disastrous for the GOP. The Quinnipiac Poll released today shows that 72% of Americans disapprove of the shutdown; respondents also apparently place the blame correctly, since GOP approval rates are plummeting while Democratic approval rates are rising somewhat (see also the CNN/ORC poll (pdf) released yesterday to glean some more bad news numbers for the GOP).
Another part of the effort to insure that the Democrats stand firm in the face of GOP efforts to smear them with the blame for the GOP’s misfire is for Americans who care about what is happening to flood their Democratic legislators with calls of support and Republican congress people with phone calls and emails making it clear that we hate what they are doing and we aren’t taken in when Republican troublemakers claim that the Democratic sheriffs are the source of the problem. Tomasky offers the best metaphor I’ve encountered yet for the Republican effort to deflect blame for their gratuitously stupid decision to escalate their Obamacare tantrum into all out war on the American people:
What the citizen won’t know-unless someone bothers to point it out to her, Democrats!-is that the Republicans are totally out of bounds in the first place; that this is like having a property-line dispute with your neighbor, and the local court has already ruled in your favor, and then your neighbor comes back a year later and says he’ll settle for half the disputed property and if you don’t agree, he’ll kill your dog. Actually, that’s a pretty good analogy. I hope someone in a position of power reads this.
I agree, as I’ve said, it’s a good analogy. I think it’s so good, in fact, that I’m going to call my Representative, Ann Wagner (R-4) and read it onto her phone answering service machine – which is all that I can get right now.