What happens if Republicans shut down the government?

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What happens if Republicans shut down the government?

More and more Republicans are talking about shutting down the government over health-care repeal. Kevin Drum would like to see them try:

The problem for Republicans is that it would give President Obama a perfect soapbox for talking endlessly about all the benefits of ACA, and the drama of a shutdown means that plenty of people would actually be listening. So not only would Republicans look petulant and childish if they repeatedly passed bills that either failed in the Senate or got vetoed, but Obama would spend the entire time talking about how he'll never let the Republican Party take away your right to insurance even if you have a preexisting condition. And he'll never let them take away the small-business tax credits. And he'll never let them reinstitute the doughnut hole. Rinse and repeat.

Not only would Republicans lose the showdown, but they'd quite possibly end up making ACA popular for the first time in its existence. I suspect the saner elements of the GOP leadership are pretty well aware of this. They might feel like they have to make a pro forma effort to repeal health-care reform, but if they shut down the government, I think they'll pick a different excuse.

It's always hard to predict how these things will go, but that's generally why politicians don't like to try them: It's high-risk, and the reward is terribly uncertain.

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By Ezra Klein  | September 20, 2010; 2:10 PM ET

 

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/09/what_happens_if_republicans_sh.html

 

 


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 Dude, the whole idea of

 

Dude, the whole idea of black and white politics is just not going to get you any points anywhere apart from where Michael Moore fans hang out.

 

The fact is that shutting down the government is an old and honored tradition. It is called a filibuster and it happens all the time.

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 Welcome to the thread.

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President Clinton shut down the government when he refused to sign the budget.

Ironicly, most folks blamed the GOP for it.

 

LOL

 

 


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cygo wrote: Welcome to the

cygo wrote:

 Welcome to the thread.

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President Clinton shut down the government when he refused to sign the budget.

Ironicly, most folks blamed the GOP for it.

 

LOL

 

 

And no one noticed.

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