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AP Warns Dems Not To Campaign On ‘Shutdown’

From the concerned Democrat strategists at the Associated Press:

Campaigning Dems careful not to overplay shutdown

By THOMAS BEAUMONT | October 31, 2013

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Outside a state-of-the-art grain elevator, Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley talks of how Republicans and Democrats in Congress need to overcome differences that scuttled farm legislation last summer…

In this district dotted with [redneck] farming towns, as well as in districts around the country, the political environment is toxic for lawmakers running for re-election or seeking higher office. Polls show voters of all political stripes are down on Washington, especially after the shutdown. While people blame Republicans more, Democrats are hardly immune to criticism and easily could be fired next year. Besides, a second-term president’s party typically suffers losses in midterm elections.

This is nothing short of the AP telling their Democrat comrades not to believe their lying polls or any of the rest of the news media’s lying polls. The real polls, the internals, must be trending very badly for the AP and the rest of the Democrat Party.

The reality is, hardly anyone who isn’t on the government teat even noticed the (17% partial) shutdown. And the rest of us were glad to see it happen, and probably wanted more of it.

Oh, and lest we forget, it was Harry Reid and the Democrats in the Senate who shut down the government, anyway. By refusing to pass any of the continuing resolutions that passed in bi-partisan in the House.

Braley and many other Democrats are treading carefully. They are avoiding the partisan slashing that marked the shutdown crisis, delicately presenting their party as the better bet to break the gridlock, and seeking to take advantage of a possible political opening.

A CBS News poll taken immediately after the shutdown showed more Americans see more Democrats as pursuing the right level of compromise than Republicans, 35 percent to 24 percent.

Still, Democrats are mindful of the risks of overplaying their hand. Gloating over the GOP’s public squabbles probably wouldn’t go over well with a public angry and hungering for Washington to work together. Assailing Republicans as ideological obstructionists also could give voters reason to view all politicians as the same…

Oops! There goes the entire Obama strategy.

Braley has extra incentive to play nice. He is running for the Senate next year…

The hell you say! Isn’t that a coincidence? For some reason every Democrat who is running for Senate is suddenly trying to sound like Ted Cruz. In fact, they all want to delay the individual mandate for one year, if not forever.

Still, it looks like the New York Times didn’t get the memo.

From the New York Times:

Voters’ Anger Over Shutdown Is Inspiring Democrats to Run

By MICHAEL WINES | October 30, 2013

OMAHA — [In Nebraska] and nationally, the Democratic Party is enjoying something of a boomlet in newly declared candidacies for the House. Since Oct. 1, five candidates have lined up to contest Republican-held seats, with at least four more in the wings, Democratic officials say. Almost all say they are driven to run — ostensibly, at least — by disgust over the shutdown, first espoused by Senator Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, and embraced by Tea Party Republicans in the House and, eventually, most others as well.

Good luck, suckers!

Nonetheless, most of the Republicans viewed as most vulnerable are moderates, not those who pushed for the shutdown.

Which sort of undercuts the entire claim of this very long and meandering article. But The Times never let the facts get in the way of a good headline or lead.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, November 1st, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “AP Warns Dems Not To Campaign On ‘Shutdown’”

  1. canary says:

    Reuters: Factbox: U.S. officials mired in controversy over Obamacare rollout

    Nov 2 2013

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) –

    Obama said on October 30 that “bad apple” insurance companies, not his healthcare law, are to blame for hundreds of thousands of people losing their coverage in the past few weeks.


    Three days later, Zients promised that HealthCare.gov would be working smoothly for most users by the end of November, and said a “general contractor” would manage repairs – Quality Software Services Inc, a unit of UnitedHealth Group.

    Zients, a former official of the Office of Management and Budget, will become head of the National Economic Council in January.

    He helped the Obama administration figure out a solution for the “cash for clunkers” car exchange program’s website, which crashed repeatedly when it opened early in Obama’s first term.


    McDonough took on a prominent behind-the-scenes role months ago in explaining how Obamacare would work after Democrat Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, sounded the alarm in April about how few details were being shared with Congress.

    Baucus warned of a coming “train wreck” if the administration were to fail to enroll enough people for coverage.


    Tavenner, a former nurse,

    heads the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services and was in charge of setting up the online insurance exchanges.

    Two months before the administration turned on the website, Tavenner assured Congress that the work was on track.

    She got to apologize to Congress for HealthCare.gov before Sebelius.


    Snyder, a veteran CMS official, oversees daily operations at the agency, which has a staff of nearly 5,000.

    But Sebelius added: “Michelle Snyder is not responsible for the debacle. Hold me accountable for the debacle. I’m responsible.”


    Park, who previously ran multiple healthcare IT companies, was trotted out over the summer to talk up the launch of HealthCare.gov, but his direct role in the rollout is unclear.

    Park is now part of the administration’s “tech surge” to repair the healthcare website.


    Lambrew is a long-term confidante of Obama’s on healthcare.

    In March 2011, she moved to the White House as deputy assistant to the president for health policy, a job in which she would oversee White House implementation of Obamacare.


    Chao said at an insurance industry meeting in March that he was “pretty nervous” about the exchanges being ready by October 1, adding, “let’s just make sure it’s not a Third World experience.”


    Sivak joined the Department of Health and Human Services in July 2012 to help the agency harness the power of technology to improve healthcare.

    Sivak’s name surfaced in documents released by Issa’s committee October 29, showing he and another HHS employee brushed aside offers of help with the stuttering website….

    (entire article)

    He helped the Obama administration figure out a solution for the “cash for clunkers” car exchange…

    Blast from 2009 “go ahead and repo my car…”

  2. captstubby says:

    “Democrats are hardly immune to criticism …’

    for writing such Defeatist Literature against the Party,
    this normally would get you a blindfold and Diet Soft drink( its a Smoke Free Zone.)
    and shot.
    but now days he is more likely to spend time at a Re education Camp and released to make the Liberal(National Socialist) Talk Shows to confess and make nice.
    and after his usefulness is over,
    he is then shot.

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