Krauthammer: This shutdown is pretty much a lifeline for a drowning administration

posted at 1:21 pm on October 1, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Krauthammer had some solid points on O’Reilly last night concerning the question of whether or not a government shutdown is actually helpful or hurtful to the Obama administration’s overall image as well as to their grand opening of the health care law; President Obama’s second term has not been going particularly well by any means, and the shutdown gives him something very tangible with which he can easily revert to the ol’ reliable “spiteful, obstructionist, uncompromising Republicans” tack that’s worked so well in the past. Plus, as an added bonus, the “supine media” will largely follow the White House’s lead in depicting the whole episode as as purely the fault of Republicans (because, as we all know, the new definition of “compromise” is Republicans giving in to whatever the president wants, or something), and shutdown stories will take up a lot of media space that would have been otherwise occupied by the ObamaCare rollout. Via RCP:

He is not going to give in because this is not going to give him political advantage. This is a lifeline for an administration that’s drowning. His numbers are low, the administration is in disarray, humiliated abroad, an economy stuck in the mud at home. He really has got nowhere to go. I think they have been hoping for a shutdown because Obama then gets to go on the stage and to give all that stuff that you showed in your introduction. ‘This is a law of the land, I’m upholding the law,’ except for one thing: It’s completely lawless. He unilaterally changed about 17 provisions in the law after it was passed. … You are not allowed to do that under our system. And then he says that the Republicans are the ones who are being unreasonable because they want to amend another provision. And as you pointed out, Obama already suspended it for the big guys, for big business you get a year of grace, but if you are a little individual, you don’t get anything. … The strategy I would have chosen would have been to do nothing right now. Allow it to go into effect. The stories in the press tomorrow instead of being about the glitches, the disasters, the people who can’t sign up, all the contradictions as you said — the honor system that you have to rely on, computers that cannot calculate what your premium is, what your subsidy is. Instead of the story being about how unwieldy and impossible is the bill, it’s going to be all about a shutdown, about the panda cam at the National Zoo shutdown over the government shutdown. It’s the wrong story.


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No it’s not. This is the first actual spending cut we’ve had in years. If shutting down the govt is what it takes to get cuts, shut it down. Shut it down.

talkingpoints on October 1, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Ok, Oftenwronghammer. Your middle of the road armchair punditry is very tiring.

Egfrow on October 1, 2013 at 3:13 PM

‘Hammer is wrong. Period, in my view.

The republicans were put in place for a reason. They simply are doing what we asked.

TX-96 on October 1, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Actually this helps the Republicans. When people have all these problems with the new law, we can point out that the Republicans are the ones fighting the mess.

Rose on October 1, 2013 at 1:42 P

But who’s going to report that?

Sterling Holobyte on October 1, 2013 at 3:14 PM

No it’s not. This is the first actual spending cut we’ve had in years. If shutting down the govt is what it takes to get cuts, shut it down. Shut it down.

talkingpoints

The Debt clock should be considerably slower today. Oops, no. Obamacare.

Egfrow on October 1, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Listening to Chuckles last night, reminded me of the Wicked Witch on her broom, skywriting:

SURRENDER Dorothy GOP

over the Emerald City.

I used to love this guy 10 years ago.
Slowly learned to dislike his elitist beltway establishment sycophantism.

Now I just plain despise him.

LegendHasIt on October 1, 2013 at 3:16 PM

CNN POLL: 49% BLAME (wholly or in part) OBAMA FOR A SHUTDOWN

The CNN/ORC International poll released Monday morning shows that while 46% would blame congressional Republicans for the government shutdown, 49% would assign either all or some of the blame to Obama.

More significantly, the poll shows a move toward blaming Obama following a similar survey conducted earlier in the month. As CNN reports:

“The number who would hold congressional Republicans responsible has gone down by 5 points since early September, and the number who would blame Obama is up 3 points in that same time,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Those changes came among most demographic groups.”

Resist We Much on October 1, 2013 at 3:18 PM

To nutless Beaner : send the house home for 30 days and announce that you won’t come back or answer the phone until the dems are ready to negotiate substantially. After November 1st, the ante gets upped to repeal of Oboobi care since it will be obvious that Oboobi care isn’t turning out as advertsed for the following 10th reasons: self sustaining, affordable, allowing people to keep their insurance/doctors etc. Then do it.

AH_C on October 1, 2013 at 3:21 PM

So Charles K. actually believes that without the shutdown, the Obama-worshipping MEDIA would be covering the problems with Obamacare rollout?

Really? Really???

Is Charles K that dumb?

TheRightMan on October 1, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Ah, yes, guilt by association, let’s hang Krauthammer immediately!

As has been mentioned previously, Ronald Reagan wouldn’t get a second look from today’s “conservatives.” He was a former Democrat, union president, state governor who signed the nation’s most liberal abortion law in history, and who raised spending and taxes and began several “public-private partnership” ventures. He’d be swinging next to Krauthammer before he got his coat off.

Trivia: who was the 8th most conservative Representative in the House from 2000-2010 by voting record as analyzed by the American Conservative Union?

Answer: John Boehner.

Q: Whose position was that the penalties under ObamaCare were actually a tax?

A: The GOP position, Obama and Democrats shrilly denied it until they had to defend the law in court, when they finally admitted it. And yet, Justice Roberts is reviled for saying just that.

~

And we talk about the people Obama throws under the bus!

Adjoran on October 1, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Resist We Much on October 1, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Amazing REM. Hope they go from blaming to pissed.

itsspideyman on October 1, 2013 at 3:28 PM

I see the Kamikazes are now retreating into cloud cuckoo land. Here are the facts. Obama is going to win the shutdown battle because he controls the narrative through the MSM. Most people get the information from the MSM. It is amazing how the Kamikazes simultaneously believe that Obama controls the media but the “true conservative message” will win. Please tell me how you do that when virtually everybody gets their information from sources controlled by the Democrats. Do you think everybody will flock to Hotair or PJ Media. Get a clue the average person doesn’t know what PJ media or the Huffington Post is. They don’t even know what CNN is. The lowest rated alphabet network prime time news show gets more viewers than all the cable news stations combined. The Democrats are going to take back the House because the Tea Party, like all new activists, has yet to mature and cannot understand that the only think the Republicans can do at this point is block not initiate. Thanks a lot Kamikazes. You are set to help the Democrats create their one party socialist state.

jerryofva on October 1, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Cruz, Lee and the GOP house are all that is left as a backstop. Denigrating Boehner right now makes no sense unless you are a troll. If he loses his way again I’ll be there to pile on but he is getting it done right now and two weeks ago none of us thought he was worth spit.

The dems are losing this. Give it a few more days of Obama flailing, Harry Reid lying and Pelosi being the crèche she is. Let’s hold our powder on those that are helping.

Even McCain and McCornyn have been voting with the repubs again. Fluke Peter King though.

DanMan on October 1, 2013 at 3:33 PM

The GOP Establishment, as exemplified by Charles K, are pissed off that the shutdown might end up being a nothingburger for the party contrary to their predictions.

Hence their grasping for straws…

The GOP better get down and dirty and fight like their base expects them to. We are watching carefully and some have already booked their one-way ticket to retirement.

TheRightMan on October 1, 2013 at 3:34 PM

August 8, 2009

Krauthammer on the Tea Party Town Hall Protests:

What’s happening [Aug 2009 Tea Party protests against Obamacare] is this it is causing a backlash.

It’s completely unnecessary.

It is shooting yourself in the foot. If you want to demonstrate, you want to shout, you do it outside carrying signs. When you walk inside [the town hall meeting], you ask questions.

This is going to have two effects. Public opinion will make people, if anything, rather unsympathetic to those who oppose the bills.

-Charles Krauthammer, August 2009

anotherJoe on October 1, 2013 at 3:36 PM

The GOP is finally doing something besides wave the white flag. They should, as Gingrich has said, hold firm and not cave.

Quartermaster on October 1, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Shut up already, Krauthammer.

RovesChins on October 1, 2013 at 3:37 PM

jerryofva you are so right. The Republicans are in the throws of a split. One side will be Rhino’s, Neocons, Democrat light and the other the conservative Tea Party. Why vote Democrat lite when you can vote for the real thing. Things (nationally) will get very bleak for conservatives for perhaps the next 10+ years. Maybe none of this will happen. Hey, I could be completely wrong (I hope so).

mike3121 on October 1, 2013 at 3:38 PM

jerryofva on October 1, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Feel better after your rant?

Maybe you haven’t noticed, but we “Kamikazes” do NOT give a hoot about the media.

Funny how the Dems were able to disregard polls and pass Obamacare. They continue to disregard the polls and hold unto Obamacare despite its unpopularity.

But we “Kamikazes” are to accept polls blaming us for the shutdown and give in to Obama on the unpopular Obamacare, right?

Sorry, our answer is:

NEVER!! NEVER!!!

Bwa ha ha ha ha… (Wicked laugh)

Signed:

A proud “Kamikaze”

TheRightMan on October 1, 2013 at 3:41 PM

So Charles K. actually believes that without the shutdown, the Obama-worshipping MEDIA would be covering the problems with Obamacare rollout?

Really? Really???

Is Charles K that dumb?

TheRightMan on October 1, 2013 at 3:21 PM

THIS^^^

Dr. K. has dreamt up one of the best fairy-tales I’ve ever heard!

lynncgb on October 1, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Mike:

The Democrats think like PM Erdogen of Turkey. Democracy is like a streetcar. When you get to your destination you get off. The Destination of the Democratic Party is a one Party socialist state. If the Republican Party splits they will be shortly arriving at their destination. You to have ask who benefits from dissension in the ranks and who therefore has it in their interest to stoke this dissension.

As far as I am concerned the people I call Kamikazes are fools being led around by their noses by Democratic Party operatives.

jerryofva on October 1, 2013 at 4:16 PM

It is quite amazing what the hammer, et al have said. They argue that giving Obama everything he wants is somehow a republican win, because he will implode or something. WTH is this new imploding theory? The health care law is just going to implode, a presidency is going to implode….yadda….yadda…yadda. What kind of voodoo do these folks believe in?

Vanbasten on October 1, 2013 at 4:23 PM

He’s probably right if you’re talking about the political junkies who follow all this stuff.

But the best thing Cruz did was to bring attention to the issue. The LIVs were oblivious.

PattyJ on October 1, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Mr Reid and Mr Obama are both ID10Ts. They don’t deserve to be called any other title than STUPID.

They both talked all year long about compromising with the Republicans when all along they are the ones who will not compromise. In their view, “Its my way or the highway.”

They aren’t ignorant, because the ignorant can be taught to be better citizens. No amount of education can alleviate Stupid.

Hammie on October 1, 2013 at 4:39 PM

I didn’t realize Krauthammer is a French name.

There are certainly risks to the approach taken by the House Republicans. But the only tangible downside I see so far is that without the shutdown the focus would be on the massive ObamaCare roll-out clusterf**k. That couldn’t be avoided without capitulation, so a price that had to be paid.

novaculus on October 1, 2013 at 5:01 PM

As far as I am concerned the people I call Kamikazes ‘Free French’ are fools being led around by their noses by Democratic Nazi Party operatives.
Marshall Pétain on October 1, 1940 at 4:16 PM

LegendHasIt on October 1, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Republicans are not handling this partial shutdown well. What we should be doing is trumpeting how much of the dreaded Carbon is being saved by the partial shutdown that affects non-essential services.

Anyone here that can take a shot at how many vehicles are off the road, how many are not commuting, how much gasoline is being saved, how much CO2 is being not-released because of the partial shutdown, etc?

slickwillie2001 on October 1, 2013 at 5:28 PM

I’m not going to hang Dr. K.

But he is wrong. The exchange failures are all over TV – not just Fox. Word of mouth will spread pretty quickly on this one.

The vets ignoring the police line at the closing of an open air monument is classic.

Life isn’t just DC. And the longer this goes, the dumber Obama looks. If you are the GOP, you have done the shutdown, so go ahead and work it. You gain nothing by folding now.

Throw CRs at the senate when real problems arise. Obama took the bait – you always let the fish think it is winning before you set the hook. Obama thinks he is winning – but what he is proving is that he has malice towards the citizens of this country and also is proving that 40% of the Non-DOD things the govt does are not only non-essential, they are not going to be missed.

Zomcon JEM on October 1, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Shut up Dr CabbageHammer.

AH_C on October 1, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Krauthammer and OReilly just doing the good ole’ boy slap me on the back routine.

mobydutch on October 1, 2013 at 5:59 PM

You reserve that power to yourself only, I see.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 1, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Plenty of people I don’t care for on our side but I ain’t pushing for kicking anyone out.

thebrokenrattle on October 1, 2013 at 8:36 PM

The main reason for all this liberal bleating and hand wringing, Kraut included, is the longer the government stays shut down the easier it will be for people to see that a small, limited government, well, WORKS. What happened to any and all of these liberals today that was not happening yesterday? Or a week ago? Skies are still here, the world is moving along, nothing in their lives has really changed.

Keep it shut shut down and start funding one dept at a time, only on as needed basis. Do not fund anything that it is really required, EPA, Education and Energy departments. A good chunk of money to be saved there.

riddick on October 1, 2013 at 11:26 PM

Kraut is a liberal. Levin called him on that last week, Kraut came up with some stupid “people change” BS. As Levin pointed out, Kraut was a rabid liberal during Reagan years, all of a sudden he is selling himself as “changed man”. Right.

riddick on October 1, 2013 at 11:28 PM

With all due respect to Charles K, I think he is just plain wrong about the Government shutdown. This is going to hurt Obama. Obama has been refusing to negotiate and has been strident about insisting on full funding of ObamaCare at a time we don’t have the money for it and the serious problems of ObamCare are starting to surface..

Phil Byler on October 1, 2013 at 11:49 PM

People are overestimating the power of the media to protect the emperor. They stood by during his Syria humiliation. All the polls indicate general patience running thin with Obamacare hype. So, yes, it will implode … but not to the benefit of yet more bystanders, like the GOP leadership. Power is always siezed, not given. It’s just as likely that an obnoxious liberal could jump at the chance to “cut off his nuts” (as it were).

So Krauthammer is right that this will be a disaster but wrong that the orb of power will bounce into the lap of republicans. They will have to do something substantive to take advantage of the chaos. I am afraid Obama will have to be humiliated again and again until he realizes that the Sun is the center of the world, not himself. Since he will never do this, his own fools will have to desert him, to cut deals with a future administration that can promise to help Americans to forget Obama.

virgo on October 2, 2013 at 12:11 AM

Adjoran on October 1, 2013 at 3:26 PM

(Boehner)
This isn’t about who is more conservative, its about having the BALLS to stand for something and STICK with it.

Nor is he a leader.

He makes stupid decisions… the last Debt limit to name one.

Please…

-west

mr_west on October 2, 2013 at 1:02 AM

You can say the ‘Hammer is wrong, which he could well be. But don’t say he’s not a conservative, because that’s just silly.

thebrokenrattle on October 1, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Ok, I’ll call him a conservative – a statist conservative.

rickv404 on October 2, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Kraut is a liberal. Levin called him on that last week, Kraut came up with some stupid “people change” BS. As Levin pointed out, Kraut was a rabid liberal during Reagan years, all of a sudden he is selling himself as “changed man”. Right.

riddick on October 1, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Yes. I recall reading some years ago reading a column by Krauthammer, in which he advocated raising taxes on gasoline to bring it up to $5.00 a gallon. Environmental disciple he must be, or that was his way of excusing higher and higher gas prices under Bush.

rickv404 on October 2, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Krauthammer was a Democrat and now he is a Republican. A Peter King Republican. Krauthammer is NOT a conservative.

Freddy on October 2, 2013 at 1:19 PM

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