Great analysis. Now the House Dems are the miniature “party of no”.
There’s no doubt now who is stopping the government from functioning. And you are right, for once Republicans appear to be playing country hardball. Name-calling and insults are all the Democrats have.
The Dems love power and when they’re stymied they don’t have a deep game. It’s Obama’s ruin. He comes from hyperliberal Hyde Park, Chicago, Cook County, IL - it’s Dem on Dem on Dem. He doesn’t know how to negotiate. He’s never had to. Everything here is a deal, a trick. DC is big league and Boehner’s Speaker for a reason.
I know he’s not liked, but maybe 1/1000 FReepers know what it’s like to herd cats. Leadership is hard and you have to think long term all the while fighting a short term game.
So far, I really like what the plan is. There is obvious coordination between the House’s RSC and the Senate conservatives. It’s being well played.
People don’t realize that the Dems are the ones running out of cards quickly. Their constituency is government. How long can they hold out?