Last week's conventional wisdom, aka CW in DC speak, held that Republicans had driven down a one-way street that ended in a dead end. The CW held that Republicans were ruining their chances to take back the Senate.
A few lonely voices suggested that the CW was wrong, that the tide might be turning in the Republicans' direction. Last week's CW was that the media would protect President Obama. This article shows that, though that might be true nationally, local media aren't 'obeying' that rule:
Joyce Spencer is 77-years-old and her husband Ralph is 80. They've been spending most of their time in the family ice cream store since going home isn't an option. The Spencers never expected to be forced out of their Lake Mead home, which they've owned since the 70s, but on Thursday, a park ranger said they had 24 hours to get out. "I had to go to town today and buy Ralph undershirts and jeans because I forgot his pants," Joyce Spencer told Action News.
The Stewart's Point home sits on federal land, so even though the Spencers own their cabin outright, they're not allowed in until the government reopens.
Park officials said property owners can visit only to retrieve belongings; they sent Action News a statement which reads in part, "Unfortunately overnight stays are not permitted until a budget is passed and the park can reopen."
Peggy Noonan's article highlights how President Obama's boorish behavior is hurting the Democrats' reputation:
The Democratic mistake is the punitive, crude, pain-bringing shutting down of things that everyone knows don’t have to be shut down—the World War II memorial, the Iwo Jima memorial, parks, landmarks, etc. All this is part of a strategic decision to cause and ratchet up pain for normal citizens. That pain, the White House thinks, will make people hate the shutdown and therefore make them hate the Republicans who summoned it.
It is a mistake.
First, everyone knows it is the federal government that’s doing it, and the chief executive officer of that government is the president. If he didn’t want it to happen he could make it not happen. Every informed voter knows why the White House is doing it. Which means every informed voter knows they are being abused by the administration in order to make them hate that administration’s political foes.
There's a simple way to put this. President Obama would benefit from the shutdown if he didn't insist on constantly being a total jerk. His administration's insisting on shutting down the World War II Memorial was a portrait in vindictiveness. Ditto with his closing the road near Lake Mead.
Further, he's squandered whatever goodwill he had left from getting re-elected. The other thing working against President Obama is the fact that House Republicans keep passing appropriations bills, which they've then sent to the Senate for consideration. These appropriations bills aren't controversial. They're just getting shot down by Sen. Reid, who's following President Obama's direction.
That's how, at least for awhile, Democrats are snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.