It’s clear to all but the most blinkered that the “Defund Now!” strategy for blocking the implementation of Obamacare has been worse than a failure. Obamacare will be funded, but the fight has exacerbated the already low standing of the Republican party. Obama’s approval rating has ticked up during the shutdown, while Republicans are now competing with the Taliban in approval. Architects of the shutdown plan assured us that when Republicans took a stand on principle, the voters would be impressed. The Wall Street Journal/NBC poll showed that 51 percent of respondents believe the president is putting his own political agenda
Has it ever occurred to pundits like Charen that the Republican image is suffering because it´s ost visible leaders had to be dragged kicking and screaming to support the Defund movement or anything else with some real teeth to it?
It is the Republican leaderships´ over eagerness to give in to the Democrats that may well cause them to go the way of the Whigs by 2020.
What I find truly amazing is that so many otherwise intelligent people ~ like Mona (presumably) ~ still slavishly follow ill structured polling results EVEN THOUGH the average response rate is 9%.
It´s at that point where only 1 out of 11 of those sampled bother responding that we end up getting small, dedicated, cohesive minority groups dominating the responses!
You can´t make up for that problem simply by expanding the size of the sample group ~ and any poll whose results are hurriedly pushed out the door ~ like this particular poll ~ has simply not had time to be ´massaged´ to see what it´s really saying.
No, Mona, it ain´t that way ~ the polls are erroneous ~ the Democrat broad masses are still not going to show up to vote in 2014 ~ and ObamaKKKare, while it´s in a state of collapse, has not suddenly gained popularity it´s never known since it was first proposed.
Thank you, Mrs. Charen. The Defund debacle accomplished nothing at all but the elevation of a couple of senators´ images and fund-raising. Of course, that was the purpose, but it wasn´t shared with the supporters.
BTW, she is one of the pundits who answers her own mail. Cal Thomas does, too.
What is missing in the analysis is the fact the Obama and the democrats know Obamacare will collapse under the weight of its cost and impossible implementation. That is the hidden feature. The people will suffer greatly and cry out for a solution and Obama will be there to offer the one that has always been his choice, single payer. Once we go there, does anyone really believe that anything the Republicans offer will have a chance of being heard? The people will be unemployed or under-employed, living by the skin of their teeth and desperate. What do you think will happen when Obama offers them relief in the form of complete government take over of health care. They will demand it. Political ideology will take a backseat to survival and that is what will usher in single payer. So, yes, I believe in fighting to defund it now.
don´t agree with this at all. The dems have no cards in their hands and if the shutdown went on until Thursday, Friday, or New Year´s, our debts would be paid, the sky would not fall, and the Donks would be shown up once again as manipulative alarmists. All the Donks can do is stampede the Republicans somehow or other, this week, and Charen is helping them with that. They want to break GOP will and she´ll help with that.
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Lone Star Csar, 10/15/2013 9:07:37 AM (No. 9565772)
Sorry to see an untruth strategy employed by even nominal conservatives. The Republican establishment is going all out to hurt Cruz and Lee.
Of course (and as pointed out by Rush yesterday), Lee and Cruz have actually raised interest in conservativism. Cruz and Lee, in spite of this article and many like it, are more popular than ever. If any Republicans´ popularity is down, its the spineless betrayers such as McConnell, Graham, McCain, Cornyn and their ilk.
The Republican establishement is afraid and with good reason. They will be replaced with faithful conservatives in the next election. No amount of media manipulation will help at this point. They have been exposed and will lose power to Tea Party interests. Mona´s bias and complicity is disappointing but not surprising.
The Rockefeller go along to get along repubs have deep roots. Mona obviously has supped and imbibed with too many GOBs (good ole´ boys) who are willing to hold the rest of us while their liberal frat brothers kick the snot out of us.
Keep the government shut down. Refuse to raise the debt ceiling. Make the government live within their means. Let them cut out everything wasteful and unimportant. Let them cut everything else by the amount needed to stay in budget. There will be no default. There will be no world wide meltdown of economies. In fact, in very short order there will be a business boom as the government is forced to withdraw their claws from the private sector.
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