Thursday’s developments were not good news for the GOP.
It has become increasingly apparent in the last 48 hours that the long national nightmare over the government shutdown is nearing an end.
With the Republican Party in disarray and its Tea Party wing increasingly isolated and on the defensive, the question became not “if” but “when” it would cave on its outrageous demands.
The answer: sooner that most of them thought.
We predict that today in
Unnecessary extended national nightmare nears end game.
Their allies are deserting Congressional Republicans in droves, demanding an end to the multiple crises. They will capitulate
Perhaps most important was the desertion by the major funder of everything that led to the shutdown – Koch Industries – which tried to distance itself from the consequences.
In a letter to members of the U.S. Senate, the firm’s chief lobbyist, Philip Ellender, president of government and public affairs for Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC, said:
“Koch has not taken a position on the legislative tactic of tying the continuing resolution to defunding Obamacare nor have we lobbied on legislative provisions defunding Obamacare.
“Congress should focus on these efforts: balancing the budget, tightening and cutting government spending, curbing cronyism and eliminating market distorting subsidies and mandates.”
The GOP has not sunk this low in the polls since 1998, and they know it. The public – including important parts of the GOP base – is turning, angrily, against the hardliners.
They have miscalculated. They know it. They will cave.
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