The media won’t tell you the truth about this, so I’m going to tell you because the American people really ought to know. Barack Obama is gambling that he will come out of any government shutdown smelling like a rose, but this is not 1995, and the same old playbook will not work. The media is trying to pull it in that direction, but the simple fact is that Obama isn’t doing so well in opinion polls lately. The obvious truth is that while Barack Obama is willing to talk with the Iranians, the Syrians, and any number of the world’s dictators, but he will not negotiate with Republicans. Bill Clinton is encouraging Obama in that direction too, but there’s something different now: In 1995, the US economy was in full recovery from a recession, whereas now, the economy is still barely struggling along. This time, the American people can sense that something is dreadfully wrong with the direction of the country, and according to a CNN Poll, at least forty-seven percent now believe Obama is acting like a petulant brat.
Naturally, part of this owes to the economy, but part of the problem for Obama and the Democrats is that the American people overwhelmingly dislike his signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obama-care. American workers are seeing their hours cut, hiring has slowed to a Carter-era rate, and job creation is simply bottoming out. The young, now told they can remain on their parents’ healthcare until 26 years of age, are finding it impossible to find a job. “Let’s be clear:” Harry Reid is doing Barack Obama’s bidding, and this entire thing is their contrivance.
The American people do not want government shut down, but neither do the Republicans. The American people also don’t want Obama-care, and for the most part, neither do Republicans. For the first time since 2010, the American people have begun to see through the dominant, statist media portrayal of events, and as Bob Woodward observed today, if the economy tanks in part due to a government shutdown or due to Obamacare, nobody will remember Senator Harry Reid or Speaker John Boehner some fifty years on. They will remember Barack Obama and his role, much as nobody remembers the Congress that was around when we fell into the great depression of the 1930s, but everybody remembers Hoover.
I believe that if Republicans find the courage to stand tough, they may get a minor black eye, but they won’t get a broken nose, bruised ribs, and cauliflower ears. Those will belong to President Obama, and by association the Democrats. If they’re not careful, the American people may discover what is really behind Obama’s thinking.