It appears that the Republicans (GOP-Teaparty) know there will be a government shutdown and are now worrying — as they should be — about negative fallout. They don’t want to be blamed. So the RWNJ media machine has begun outlining the case that Obama and the Dems are to blame. But as I pointed out at the end of the last post, don’t believe it — the loudest voices in right-wing media last year were, literally, “giddy“ thinking about a government shutdown.
Jed Lewison makes a good argument as well:
If Republicans were serious about avoiding a government shutdown, they’d agree to Harry Reid’s proposal to keep government open through the end of March with a continuing resolution at current funding levels. That would give both sides time to sit down and forge a compromise solution and it would prevent a government shutdown.
Instead, they are offering a two-week long version of the very same spending bill that they passed over the weekend. That’s not a move designed to prevent a government shutdown: it’s a move designed to force it.