The President’s Shutdown stategy: hide behind the skirt of the media

As we wait more than thirty hours for the Senate to reconvene and take up the latest proposal by the House to avoid a shut down The President’s Strategy is clear and Mark Halperin clarified it this morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe:

Here what’s the White House and to some extent the Hill is going to monitor. One  is how the press covers the shutdown and does it just go back into the  ’90s mode of saying obstructionist Republicans are causing a shutdown and people, real people are hurting? And the White House is assuming that’s  going to happen. Then they’re going to watch the polls and see whether  it’s not just partisan. Whether by the end of the week there are surveys that  show public/private, that people are blaming Republicans and that that’s going  to put pressure on Boehner to come to the floor and either force his — some  members of his own conference beyond the handful who will never be with him on  this to have a compromise. So they don’t have to capitulate on the floor. They  don’t let Nancy Pelosi dictate what gets passed. So the White House does  not have much incentive. Because they think–they think–those trends  are going to go in their direction by the end of the week or early next week at  the latest because again, the press is largely sympathetic to their  arguments on this that it’s the House Republicans’ fault

On cue, CNN has released its poll announcing the public blames the Republicans for the current state of affairs in the nation’s capital: 46% blame the Republicans and 36% blame the President. The Poll also has a slew of other findings highly negative for the Republicans.

Color me surprised.

Yesterday, David Gregory on Meet the Press grilled Ted Cruz.  Bob Schieffer, on Face the Nation attacked Rand Paul and made this false claim:

Really, Bob?

Polling Data

Poll Date Sample For/Favor Against/Oppose Spread
RCP Average 9/4 – 9/29 38.6 52.0 Against/Oppose +13.4
CNN/Opinion Research 9/27 – 9/29 803 A 38 57 Against/Oppose +19
CBS News/NY Times 9/19 – 9/23 1014 A 39 51 Against/Oppose +12
Rasmussen Reports* 9/14 – 9/15 1000 LV 43 53 Against/Oppose +10
ABC News/Wash Post 9/12 – 9/15 1004 A 42 52 Against/Oppose +10
FOX News* 9/6 – 9/8 900 RV 35 54 Against/Oppose +19
NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl 9/5 – 9/8 1000 A 31 44 Against/Oppose +13
USA Today/Pew Research 9/4 – 9/8 1506 A 42 53 Against/Oppose +11

The man is either a liar or incompetent or both.

This morning the stock market opened down over 150 points, which is really only 1%, the Asian markets all dropped about 2%. During the last shutdown the market did not react at all, but back then we were dealing with a DOW 5,000 not a Dow 15,000. Throw in the debt ceiling battle and the stock market can get very rattled.

Who will be blamed?

Heh, no answer needed.

Yes, the Democrat’s strategy is clear and with voters like these, they will be successful:

Quite frankly, I’m too tired to start hitting my head….again.

There are a couple of rays of hope; the internet and the conservative news media together they might influence public opinion.

Time will tell.

Hey! Now the market is down only 130!

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