Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Rooting For A Shutdown

As I noted yesterday, the prospects for a government shut-down on April 8 are looking more and more likely. And Howard Dean (remember him?) is hoping that it happens.

“If I was head of DNC, I would be quietly rooting for it,” Dean told an audience hosted by National Journal in Washington this morning. “I know who’s going to get blamed – we’ve been down this road before.”

Dean was recalling the 1994 government shutdown engineered by then-Speaker Newt Gingrich that was politically disastrous for Republicans and boosted President Clinton’s re-election prospects.

It looks as if the Democrats are beginning to frame it that way. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) let it slip (accidentally or otherwise) that the plan is to paint everything the Republicans propose as “extreme” and let the consequences of the shut-down fall into their lap.

DougJ at Balloon Juice nails it.

Let’s be clear, in layman’s terms, Republicans are getting ready to shut down the government. I don’t want to hear any of you saying “the government may be shut down” or “there may be a government shut down”. Democrats have met Republicans halfway on the budget. If Republicans don’t take the deal, the Republicans will have shut down the government.

Make no mistake.

I’m saving my The West Wing clips for when it actually happens.