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AFP: Dems Will Ride Shutdown To Midterm Wins

The Agence France Presse inadvertently explains why it was so important for Obama to bring about the shutdown, and to make it hurt as much as possible for as long as possible:

Lawmakers eye US shutdown as 2014 election leverage

Michael Mathes | October 9, 2013

Washington (AFP) – … With a full 13 months before voters troop to the polls, political groups are unveiling TV and radio attack ads in swing states and districts.

13 months out is when you need to really start fundraising. Which is exactly what this article is all about. We are supposed to be convinced that the shutdown is going to win the House for the Democrats. So we should send them a lot of money now.

Senator Mark Begich, a vulnerable Democrat in Alaska who is up for re-election, used a radio ad to blast "a small band of knuckleheads" for "holding the country hostage over the health care law."

Other ads targeted specific lawmakers, like Republican congressman Tom Latham of Iowa.

"Tom Latham joined with Tea Party Republicans in Congress and shut down our government, putting hundreds of thousands of Americans out of work, slashing Head Start for thousands of kids, putting benefits for seniors at risk, denying cancer treatment for kids, and halting food inspections," said a 30-second TV spot.

The ad is one of 10 created recently by Americans United for Change (AUC) to highlight Republican lawmakers aligning with their party’s conservative faction whom many blame for the shutdown.

Americans United For Change is a Democrat front group that is funded by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees AFSCME), MoveOn, and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

In 2009, the AUC’s President Brad Woodhouse became the communications director for the Democratic National Committee under Obama.

The group insists the showdown could translate into Democrats seizing the 17 seats necessary to take control of the House of Representatives next year.

"There were enough seats in play even before the government shutdown — due to their inaction on critical issues like immigration reform, gun violence and jobs," AUC president Brad Woodhouse said…

Polls consistently show that Republicans are being held more responsible for the shutdown than Democrats. A Pew Research poll showed 38 percent of Americans blamed Republicans, with 30 percent blaming Democrats and 19 percent blaming both.

An ABC News/Washington Post poll found that 70 percent disapprove of the way Republicans in Congress are handling negotiations over the federal budget. Just 24 percent approve…

So no one can’t say the media isn’t doing its part here!

Democrats would need to gain 17 seats to retake the House, and liberal-leaning pollster PPP said that "enough GOP-held seats would be on the table" to make that possible…

Meanwhile the parties are gearing up for a massive fundraising duel, and the shutdown may have proven the opening shot in the money war. The Democratic National Committee reportedly raised nearly $850,000 from 30,000 donors in the 24 hours leading into the shutdown…

In fact, the AFP has cause and effect reversed. Obama brought about the shutdown, and wants to make it hurt as possible, in order to kick start Democrat funding for the 2014 midterms.

The sequester was supposed to do that, but it didn’t work out. So now the news media and the rest of the Democrat Party have to convince the American public that the shutdown is so terrible they need to contribute to the Democrats so they can win total control of Congress and ‘stop the madness.’

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, October 10th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “AFP: Dems Will Ride Shutdown To Midterm Wins”

  1. Demons are fed by other means. Their only concern is to have lots of necks to feed on …

  2. mr_bill

    Since Begich is upset about Republicans “holding the country hostage over the health care law.” I bet he doesn’t run on the platform that he fully supports that “health care law” that’s stopping hiring, cutting hours for those who still have jobs, raising premiums, raising taxes, etc. Go ahead, Begich, tell all the people how much you support this law and show us how willing you are to negotiate in good faith toward a reasonable compromise to re-open the government. What, exactly, were your votes on compromise funding bills sent to the Senate by the House?? Oh, you stomped your feet and flatly refused to vote on them? I see. You were saying something about “holding the country hostage…”


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