We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The problem is the Republicans are such blithering idiots when it comes to PR that it appears they are either paid off by the international socialist wing of the Democratic party or they are Charlie Brown redux--re the football.
First: Obama's no Clinton (although the same asswipe media swoons over both)
Second: The Repub's need to find out what that reprehensible loudmouth Chuck Shumer eats for breakfast, and get some.
At least he know's how to fight.
When they were in the minority he helped squash countless Bush federal judgeships. He's an obnoxious bastard but he knows how to battle.
We make cute "gang of this, gang of that" compromises. Crapo? Coburn? Are you serious? This is what we got?
And we wonder why we loose to Chicago Ward hack instigators.
Talnik makes the MAIN point, I think; Republicans, regardless of the merits of their cause, cannot get their messge to the public, without it being flitered and spun by the MSM (or @sswipe media, as Mike states). To some extent, the situation HAS changed, as the internets have, to a greater extent than some realize, provided a new medium to bypass the MSM than existed in 1995. But, the majority still do not take the time to "fact-check" what they news they receive from the NBC-ABC-CBS-CNN-MSNBC-WashPost-NYT-etc. MSM...
The congressional GOP thinks they can force through sea changes in government here. They cannot.
It would be far better to rush through a mini increase in the debt ceiling, good enough for three months, along with a politically popular freeze on federal salaries (or even an "emergency and temporary" 5% cut). Keep it very simple and very short and sweet. Do not reach for anything more than something small and popular.
The President says he would veto a short term settlement like the one I am suggesting, but he is bluffing-- just like the GOP, he cannot be the one who is appearing to be ideological and unyielding. He will sign this.
Buy time. Tell the public that the GOP will do anything at all in this emergency to avoid a shut-down, avoid increasing joblessness and avoid more economy-strangling government growth.
Then have the same fight three months from now, with some new, very simple cost saving strategum, and three months after that. The nessage to voters here is that while the GOP has big plans, and hopes for much improvement, we recognize we cannot force through changes on an unwilling president and Senate.
Most importantly: keep it short and sweet. If there is any complication or ideological blather, the people will immediately tune it out!