Isakson right: Shutdown turned out to be ‘A Dumb Idea’
October 20, 2013 12:34 AM | 1340 views | 9 9 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Film crews were in Marietta last week working on a remake of the hit Hollywood comedy “Dumb and Dumber.” They might as well have been filming on Capitol Hill.

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) said nearly as much in a CNN interview late last week, describing the just-ended House Republican-driven shutdown of the federal government in an attempt to derail the implementation of Obamacare as “a dumb idea.”

He was right, as events have abundantly proven.

Yes, Obamacare is on the path to costing millions of Americans their current health insurance and causing many of them to see their full-time jobs scaled back to 30-hour-a-week part-time jobs, all part of President Obama’s pledge to transform America.

And yes, Obama’s rhetoric about how Republicans are “hostage-takers” and “terrorists” was disgraceful — but par for the course for this president.

The tea party Republicans led by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz were fighting the good fight in trying to stop ObamaCare’s implementation. But they were fighting with their hearts and not their heads. He and they chose a tactic that was sure to blow up in their faces, and quickly did — just as this newspaper warned in this space several weeks ago.

As predicted, most of the media and the public blamed the Republicans — not Obama — for the government shutdown. It was a repeat of what happened during the Gingrich-Clinton era government shutdown, for which there was plenty of blame to go around but which the media and most of the public blamed on House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

The end result this time was an agreement that gave Obama everything he wanted and left the Republicans with nothing. Typically in such situations the “winning” party throws a few bones to the losers, but Cruz and the tea partiers got nary a crumb.

Cruz might have increased his chances of winning the GOP presidential nomination three years hence, but the shutdown has hurt his party, strengthened Obama and liberalism in general, and reenergized Democrats as they head toward next year’s critical congressional elections.

Think about it: A month ago Obama was reeling from the onslaught of criticism he earned from all quarters for his bone-headed plan to go to war with Syria. His poll standings were at or near an all-time low.

Today, he’s riding high and about to unleash new efforts to flog the country to the left. And Cruz and the tea party have no one but themselves to blame.
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danogburn
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October 27, 2013
"Yes, Obamacare is on the path to costing millions of Americans their current health insurance and causing many of them to see their full-time jobs scaled back to 30-hour-a-week part-time jobs"

You gunna explain how you came to this conclusion or just continue with the fear mongering?
anonymous
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October 20, 2013
And MDJ...lets not forget how Johnny Iskkason and the rest of the rove republicans have gone ahead and given themselves and the rest of congress and the president etc. the same waivers from Obamacare that they have already given to the unions and the BIG corporations...BUT NOT TO the EVERYDAY individual Americans.

That's the rove-republican way for you. How dare that Ted Cruz and Mike Lee talk that stuff about fairness and something other than good ole cronyism. That's thinking with your heart---not your head right?

American Male
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October 20, 2013
Unfortunately, establishment republicans despise conservatives more than pacifying a tantrum-throwing president and his lap-dog press corps. Many of them cower when the press drums up a poll that bolsters Obama's position. Their "standards" have no roots to hold fast through the political storm, tossing about like worthless tumbleweeds. Even worse, they attack conservatives in the party, weakening the battle further.

The shutdown was the result of two sides not agreeing. Each side had the option to either negotiate or entrench. The House passed bill after bill on points that both sides could agree to support (like funding veteran death benefits, etc.) as a show of good faith and to minimize hardship on Americans. Reid and Obama chose few to accept and rejected most. They sought to impose hardship on Americans (like closing parks and monuments), knowing that their press would cover for them, blaming conservative republicans.

The approval of ignorant, misinformed, "low information voters", is never a good standard by which to govern. Ted Cruz stood on principal. We conservatives need to vote in more like him and less like Saxby Chambliss, Jonny Isakson, Lindsey Graham and John McCain! We are energized now, against the establishment republicans. Cruz succeeded.

I agree
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October 21, 2013
I'm a middle aged woman, mom and have always voted Republican. I consider myself a social liberal, to be truthful, but ALWAYS vote for the party I believe is best for America. You cannot call me a right winger, but I am adamantly for Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Rand Paul. Rubio lost me with his smarmy immigration mumbo jumbo, though yeah, he's a cute young man.

I'm so disgusted at McCain, Graham, Peter King, Mitch The Porker McConnell and Jeb Bush...yes, and also with Saxby and Johnny, who were obviously elected pre-Obama and who are not remotely equipped to fight his kind of Alinsky plans for our country. Ask them about Cloward Piven and they would probably guess they're the new barbecue joint in town. Time for them to go. Let's elect someone from Georgia who can stand up to the socialist/Alinskyites. Someone who understands the real agenda here.
on balance
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October 21, 2013
I agree-

Your post is spot on!

anonymous
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October 20, 2013
--RE: He and they chose a tactic that was sure to blow up in their faces, and quickly did --

Sure to "blow up" because the spineless rove republican establishment made dang sure they put what testicular fortitude they actually have into seeing that their prediction of defeat was actually realized. Geeez. President Barack Obama has not endured the level of insult/criticism/fight/push back from any of the rove republican klan that they thrust on Ted Cruz and Mike Lee.

And, BTW, dear MDJ...CRUZ and LEE were very clear early on that the only chance of success was if the republicans stood together in unity. Well, the rove-establishment said "hell no " to that because they did not appreciate new blood showing the old guard what self-centered impotent wounds they have become.

Instead the rectally inserted rove-establishment chose to tell us all that surrender was the only choice...because the republicans were in the "minority". (There is a lot to be said for the little guy that is willing to fight).

Go tie yourself to the rove republican boat,dear MDJ...it is sinking. And so is your rove-establishment lovin' reporting (nobody likes BS propaganda to cover up for the mindless self-centered lack of leadership/will of the ruling class, whether there is an R or a D by the name).

BTW, MDJ...can you tell us just WHAT WAS the rove-republican plan that was so much better than what Mr. Cruz and Mr. Lee set out? Nope. Of course you can't!

rjsnh
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October 20, 2013
Interesting editorial....seems like it was only a few days ago you were placing ALL the blame on President Obama for the shutdown...wait, it WAS only a few days ago. Apparently, the MdJ editor's memory isn't any better than their perspective. My guess is that comes from drinking way too much TEA.
anonymous
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October 21, 2013
More like they don't want to alienate Johnny Isakson or his staff, or his former staffers or their social circle of friends.

Come on editors. Fight like Otis! Don't let the consequences stifle your true voice. You know Cruz is a leader and the old farts are inadequate to fight the Alinsky left. You should start saying so.
anonymous
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October 21, 2013
my guess is that JOhnny's former chief of staff is secretly running the editorial board
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