In a case of “he said – she said” between the two major parties in our country, the Democrats usually come out on top. There are a host of reasons that this happens and you already know about them, but none of them have anything to do with being honest. If you can remember back to the last government shutdown, the narrative was similar — the big bad Republicans were shutting down government because they weren’t getting their way. Now almost 20 years later, the narrative is playing out again… but this time may prove different.
This time, it seems that the Democrats may be overplaying their hand. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) took to Fox News on Tuesday to express his disbelief in the things that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) was saying and doing. He likened the tactics from the Senate Democrats to someone playing a parlor game, and the reality is, he’s exactly right. The Senate Democrats are so confident about their position, they are rubbing the shutdown in the face of House Republicans for the entire nation to see.
Which is why I think the Democrats will eventually lose this battle. They have overplayed their hand. They have shown their arrogance and their true feelings on the government shutdown. “That’s ridiculous, they’re doing it because they just aren’t serious about this, they like the shutdown,” Senator Paul said.
In an attempt to prove to Republicans how deadly “serious” they were about the shutdown, someone in the Obama administration sent workers out to the WWII monument in D.C. to erect barricades. Why take this extra step when the parks are already closed? It seems some WWII veterans wanted to see and walk through the monument as they visited Washington, D.C. The Obama administration was having none of it, and as soon as they heard what was happening, they sent people in to evict the veterans and close the place down. So much for the government shutdown… apparently there are still enough people working that we can send them out to put up barricades in the middle of the day.
Folks, the shutdown is a game to the Democrats. Pure and Simple. They don’t care about it in the least bit, because they think it’s a winning move for them. It’s why you see Republicans on every major news show saying, “we want to negotiate… where are the Democrats?” The Democrats don’t care to negotiate, because they think that one of two things will happen: either the GOP will get scared and fold, or this will drag out and the public will blame the GOP all the more.
It’s Harry Reid’s sick, twisted version of the game of chicken. I just hope that the American people see through his game.
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