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Washington Post Column: How about a government shutdown to make those Tea Partiers fear Obama?
Hotair ^ | 08/05/2011 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 08/05/2011 8:52:34 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

If you want an example of how out of touch media commentators can be with American politics, look no farther than the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart. Barack Obama’s cave on tax hikes in the debt deal clearly annoyed Capehart, who criticized the President for his lack of “aggressiveness” that resulted in a deal that doesn’t reflect “the will of the people” — at least as Capehart sees it. Calling the Tea Party-backed Congressmen “carjackers,” Capehart called on Obama to be “Keyser Söze.” But that’s not the only place where Capehart’s perspective departs from reality:

If you’ve seen the brilliant movie “The Usual Suspects,” you know who this diabolical character is and what he did to gain mythical status. Suffice it to say that Söze so out-crazied the crazies that he became a person not to be messed with — a symbol of fear and grudging respect.

In the coming fights over the next budget, unemployment benefits and payroll tax cuts, I want Obama to show the Republican Party in general and the Tea Party in particular that he isn’t afraid to out-crazy the crazies. If that means vetoing bills, taking the fight to individual districts, shutting down the government, so be it.

We’ve already seen this strategy play out twice. Here in Minnesota, Gov. Mark Dayton reneged on his pledge not to shut down the government over his demand for tax hikes, refusing to negotiate a “lights on” bill with the Republican-controlled legislature to avoid the shutdown. How did that work out for Dayton? He rushed back to the capital to cut a deal without tax hikes when his own allies gave him a blast of disapproval in town-hall meetings around the state, while most Minnesotans barely noticed the difference. The shutdown only hurt Dayton’s voter base of unions and the poor. Instead of Keyser Söze, Dayton turned into Eric von Zipper.

Next, Harry Reid tried doing the same thing with the FAA. Unfortunately for Reid, his ploy was rather obvious; he had failed to move an authorization bill in the Senate and hoped that the prospect of putting thousands of government bureaucrats out of work would embarrass conservatives. After the media started grilling Reid on why he hadn’t done anything to move a Senate version of the bill, as well as realizing that putting bureaucrats out of work wasn’t exactly causing Tea Party activists to weep into their pillows at night, and especially after it became obvious that the system ran pretty well without them, Reid ended up quickly surrendering. Instead of Keyser Söze, Reid turned into Jeffrey Goines.

If Capehart doesn’t realize that the Tea Party activists in Congress want to shut down large portions of the federal government, what has he been doing the last two years? A partial government shutdown would please the Tea Party to no end. The only people it would hurt will be Obama’s own constituencies, especially since the entitlement checks would still have to go out to recipients, as those are mandated by statute and not budgeted annually by Congress. The biggest loser in an Obama-triggered shutdown would be Obama himself.

Maybe Capehart should spend some time talking with actual Tea Party activists before coming up with grand strategies like this.

Addendum: To answer Capehart’s question, Söze got the advantage over his competitors by murdering his own family, murdering all of his competitors afterward, and then disappearing. I’m not sure what relation that has to American governance — or to carjackers, for that matter, since The Usual Suspects didn’t have any of either. This analogy leaves a lot to be desired, including taste and the “civility” that Democrats spent the last six months demanding not just of Republican politicians but also conservative commentators.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: shutdown; teaparty

1 posted on 08/05/2011 8:52:37 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

How about a boycott on WaPo to shut up D-bag idiots?


2 posted on 08/05/2011 8:53:46 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: SeekAndFind

That would terrify me, I sure hope he doesn’t shut down the government...


3 posted on 08/05/2011 8:54:32 AM PDT by null and void (Day 925. When your only tools are a Hammer & Sickle, everything looks like a Capitalist...)
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t mind if they suspend government operations for a while... but I want to make sure that they start with BATFE, the Department of Education, and the IRS.


4 posted on 08/05/2011 8:55:05 AM PDT by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: Oberon

EPA, HUD, food stamps and on and on. BUT first stop paying Congress and that person in the WH.


5 posted on 08/05/2011 8:58:35 AM PDT by defconw
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh... please... don’t... shut... it... down. I... will... be... royally... screwed... without... the... government.


6 posted on 08/05/2011 8:59:08 AM PDT by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: null and void

“That would terrify me, I sure hope he doesn’t shut down the government...”

ROTFL!

I’d yell “TarBaby” but then someone would call me racist.


7 posted on 08/05/2011 9:00:28 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: null and void

What would be terrifying is if Obama shut down the departments that crank out billions of dollars in welfare benefits to millions of slackers.

/sarc


8 posted on 08/05/2011 9:01:08 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (The views and opinions expressed in this post are true and correct. Deal with it)
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To: SeekAndFind

Would that mean that the checks that haven’t been coming to me my whole live still won’t be coming to me? Not really sure how I’ll survive...


9 posted on 08/05/2011 9:02:22 AM PDT by Jack of all Trades (Hold your face to the light, even though for the moment you do not see.)
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To: null and void
Yes. I'm almost as afraid of a government shut-down as Monty Burns was of the Germans...
10 posted on 08/05/2011 9:04:10 AM PDT by WayneS (...with apologies to the writers of the Simpsons)
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To: SeekAndFind

11 posted on 08/05/2011 9:06:07 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, I WOULD say something like “Please Br’er Barack — PLEASE don’t throw me in that briar patch”...

...except it might be construed as ‘racist’.

‘-)


12 posted on 08/05/2011 9:06:57 AM PDT by WayneS (...with apologies to the writers of the Simpsons)
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To: OpusatFR

Somebody is going to call you racist no matter what.


13 posted on 08/05/2011 9:07:21 AM PDT by null and void (Day 925. When your only tools are a Hammer & Sickle, everything looks like a Capitalist...)
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To: SeekAndFind

Shut them down. Let them know who is in charge of the United States. Don’t start up the federal government again until they accept the fact that they have to follow the rules as set forth by the United States Constitution. If they can’t or won’t agree to that, throw them out and find someone who will.


14 posted on 08/05/2011 9:07:40 AM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Shut down the government?
Just shut down the non-essential parts of government.
OK, I’m repeating myself ...


15 posted on 08/05/2011 9:08:45 AM PDT by tumblindice (`No one's life, liberty or property is safe while Congress is in session.' MT)
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To: SeekAndFind

Didn’t the FAA get ‘shut down’ for a while. Yet my sister and niece flew to visit me and back home okay. Nothing happened. The only people who have something to fear are government parasites and the Congresscritters who are afraid We The People will see how well the country runs after the ‘shutdown’.


16 posted on 08/05/2011 9:10:37 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: SeekAndFind
Barack Obama - turning the presidency from something that is respected into something that is feared.

-PJ

17 posted on 08/05/2011 9:12:57 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day, Mexican on Cinco de Mayo, and American on Election Day.)
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To: kcvl

So we’re supposed to “fear” the President? Is that how it works?

Shut it down and send Congress home, maybe that way we’ll save billions and keep those Marxist Democrats from more nefarious mischief.


18 posted on 08/05/2011 9:13:25 AM PDT by rbosque (12 year Freeper!!! Combat Economist.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Looks boss done gave himself the finger again.

19 posted on 08/05/2011 9:15:38 AM PDT by oyez ( America is being pimped.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Jonathan Capehart
@CapehartJ Washington, DC
Editorial Writer for the Washington Post and MSNBC Contributor

http://tonypowell.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/c2a9-tony-powell-511.jpg

CapehartJ Jonathan Capehart
COLUMN: NYT-CBS News poll: #Obama doing ok. Congress? Not so much. http://wapo.st/o1xvE2 #p2 #gop #nyt #teaparty @cbsnews @nytimes
1 minute ago

CapehartJ Jonathan Capehart
Tea Partyers REALLY don’t like this piece: Time for #Obama to be feared by the #TeaParty. http://wapo.st/nuWsCI #p2 #GOP
3 minutes ago

CapehartJ Jonathan Capehart
@ @Joy__Hart No shows today, Joy....But subbing for Bashir next week, Tues - Friday!
4 hours ago

CapehartJ Jonathan Capehart
RT @pwire: No joke, Sarah Palin’s hair salon is getting its own reality show: Big Hair Alaska... http://pwire.at/n5PBtV //STOP IT!
3 Aug

CapehartJ Jonathan Capehart
How is it that someone I blocked for being racist & annoying is able to tweet me? #help
3 Aug

CapehartJ Jonathan Capehart
COLUMN: #TeaParty isn’t interested in governing. http://wapo.st/mOSWbG #p2 #gop #debtceiling #msnbc @hardball
3 Aug

CapehartJ Jonathan Capehart
COLUMN: Default averted - finally! http://wapo.st/ouIPQ6 #p2 #gop #teaparty #debtceiling
2 Aug

CapehartJ Jonathan Capehart
@ @schnaity I don’t even know what the “deal” is exactly. Getting past 2012, tho, if true, is a relief to me. Nation cant go thru this again.
31 Jul

ThePlumLineGS Greg Sargent
by CapehartJ
That some on right don’t think Reid offer of over $2 trillion in cuts is a “compromise” clearly shows what right thinks “compromise” means
30 Jul

CapehartJ Jonathan Capehart
COLUMN: My ex takes on @PeggyNoonannyc. #Obama is loved. http://wapo.st/nvKWqT #p2 #gop #lgbt #gay #teaparty
29 Jul

http://twitter.com/#!/CapehartJ


20 posted on 08/05/2011 9:16:53 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: SeekAndFind

Someone pays this guy for his thoughts. Wrap your head around that.


21 posted on 08/05/2011 9:18:06 AM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: SeekAndFind
"If Rocky were hiding in this oven, would I turn on the gas?"
"You might rabbit. You might."
"If Rocky were hiding in this oven, would I throw in a lighted match?"
BOOM!
"Alright Rabbit, you've convinced me. We'll look for Rocky in the city."

Please Obama, prove to us that Rocky's not in the oven.

22 posted on 08/05/2011 9:18:06 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: All

on the FAA front airlines have been advertising a 7% DISCOUNT from the tax.

Reid educated that 7% of any ticket fee is a useless union make work tax.


23 posted on 08/05/2011 9:19:31 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: SeekAndFind

Jon Capehart’s Mom Thinks He’s Cool

Jon Capehart’s mom will not have you mocking her son.

Dylan Ratigan aired an embarrassing clip of Jonathan Capehart scarfing a bagel. Capehart’s mom called in and chewed Ratigan out for mocking her son.


24 posted on 08/05/2011 9:20:03 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: SeekAndFind
Please don't throw us in that briar patch!
25 posted on 08/05/2011 9:20:59 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Palin is coming, and the Tea Party is coming with her.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Typical Democrat reaction to the Tea Party opposing a hike in taxes and spending:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wecgpEwTNeE


26 posted on 08/05/2011 9:23:27 AM PDT by Castigar
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To: SeekAndFind
He could really show us by threatening to resign. That'd bring me around, all right.
27 posted on 08/05/2011 9:24:04 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: SeekAndFind

Shut er down beeyotches! Gridlock is WAY better than Communuism!!


28 posted on 08/05/2011 9:26:33 AM PDT by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: Huskrrrr
2008 was just the first small tea party wave to hit the shore, about a 2-footer. 2012 is going to be a bigger one, maybe a 10-footer and more to come. We are just getting started. There will be mass hysteria in the MSM world soon. The people have had enough of this crap.
29 posted on 08/05/2011 9:36:25 AM PDT by One_American
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To: null and void
That would terrify me, I sure hope he doesn’t shut down the government...

Please, Mr. Fox, whatever you does, don't go thrownin' me in that briar patch, no sah.

30 posted on 08/05/2011 9:38:55 AM PDT by Turbo Pig (...to close with and destroy the enemy...)
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To: kcvl

Well, that explains it. He’s black.


31 posted on 08/05/2011 10:17:58 AM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (The top 1% earn 20% of America's income yet they pay 40% of all federal income taxes!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bring it on. Let’s see what happens.


32 posted on 08/05/2011 2:38:29 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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