Oct 16 2013
So, would the House GOP be surrendering today if they vote to support the Senate plan to extend the Debt Limit to Feb 2014 and funding until Jan 2014?
No, they would not.
They would be living to fight another day AND be in a good spot to attack ObamaCare’s individual mandate. Because weeks more of ObamaCrash in sight, the GOP hand will be stronger after the holidays.
So go ahead GOP, reopen the government and begin the investigations into the Shutdown Theater and Healthcare.gov. And build the PR case for the fights to come in 2014. This ain’t over yet!
Update: Also note that the Shutdown has done one good thing: it has exposed Dems and GOP alike to the voters outrage.
Just eight percent (8%) of Likely U.S. Voters would vote to keep the entire current Congress. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 78% would vote instead to get rid of the entire Congress and start over again.
Everyone starts at rock bottom for the midterms, which is good for the GOP. Now, who is going to win the 2014 argument? The GOP can since ObamaCare is such a costly disaster. Long term folks, think long term.
Update: BTW, Holding The Line will require a year or two of focused efforts. ObamaCare will not be fixed in one budget cycle – neither will it be up and running. So a strategic stand down while we garner and re-plan our forces is not a bad strategy.