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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I swear it’s like these “conservatives” are trying to save this pathetic administration.

jawkneemusic on October 1, 2013 at 1:23 PM

He unilaterally changed about 17 provisions in the law after it was passed. … You are not allowed to do that under our system.

Curiously enough both libfree and verba contacted me about arranging some sort of grassroots movement to demand the impeachment of Dog Eater for these unlawful actions of his, they both said something about this being a nation of laws and not men.

Bishop on October 1, 2013 at 1:24 PM

I don’t know about that, Chuck. He’s the one shouting no compromise.

John the Libertarian on October 1, 2013 at 1:24 PM

SO WHAT NOW? that’s what I want to know!

Why is there no story here about the conference request that the house now?

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on October 1, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Krauthammer is just plain WRONG!
He believes his own press corps.
He is not understanding the majority of the American people and frankly the Republican guard doesn’t either!

Delsa on October 1, 2013 at 1:26 PM

How many people outside the Beltway Bubble will even feel the impact of the shut down?

I think this is much ado about nothing and is just a case of politically driven Chicken Littleism.

If a shut down of the federal government really has significant negative consequences for our economy and a large number of people that is proof that the federal government has gotten too big, too intrusive, and far too deeply embedded in our economy and the lives of We the People.

Frankly I’d be more impacted by a shut down of my local Wal-Mart.

I say leave it shut down so people can figure out that thus is all bluster by the self-important Mandarins in DC and the MSM that feeds of the drama. Let people figure out that we don’t need DC.

Charlemagne on October 1, 2013 at 1:26 PM

ck is wrong. a light is being shone on the cockroach obamacare as we speak. this will sink its maker.

gracie on October 1, 2013 at 1:26 PM

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

Not really. Obama is the master of blowing it.

NotCoach on October 1, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Politico: Obama Shows ‘Resolve and Strength’ By Shutting Government

But, but, but, I thought it was the ‘Republican Shutdown’???

On the Politico article itself:

“Best DNC press release ever,” says one longtime Washington reporter. “Brad Woodhouse [the former DNC spokesman] should take notes.”

Resist We Much on October 1, 2013 at 1:26 PM

I swear it’s like these “conservatives” are trying to save this pathetic administration.

jawkneemusic on October 1, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Sort of. They’re really trying to save their social status with the beltway cocktail party circuit.

CurtZHP on October 1, 2013 at 1:26 PM

and ck is just trying to justify his own ideas…he talks a lot, ya know…a lotta talk all de day.

gracie on October 1, 2013 at 1:29 PM

The lifeline will be if the House passes comprehensive amnesty.

Wigglesworth on October 1, 2013 at 1:29 PM

the administration is in disarray, humiliated abroad, an economy stuck in the mud at home.

That’s been the case since Barky first slimed into office. Nothing has changed.

Krauthammer’s a moron.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 1, 2013 at 1:29 PM

The lifeline will be if the House passes comprehensive amnesty.

Wigglesworth on October 1, 2013 at 1:29 PM

If they even TRY.

The GOP is not going to let anyone get in the way of its political suicide run.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 1, 2013 at 1:30 PM

The real challenge with Krauthammer’s position is that he’s not willing to let the optics play out for a number of days or a week or so.

In any negotiation when a tipping point is reached, silence is an effective tool.

One side wanted this from the start – all for a perceived political advantage to be gained for the 2014 midterms. The other side wanted to avoid this – but the best way to show which side was on the wrong side, they needed to let it go to this point.

Now we’ve got 800,000 federal employees on a temporary furlough. It’s likely over half of those aren’t really needed – and the growth in the federal government employment rolls since January 2009 support this.

Over the next few days, the House tosses a few more CR’s seeking to undo the special interest waivers that Obama granted – and let Reid reject all of these. Before a week is out, call Obama / Reid out on this, give them a ‘clean’ CR based on sequester budget’s, and let them accept this while the GOP pivots to the real battle – the debt ceiling battle.

That’s the real fight and one where Obama / Reid can’t refuse to talk without committing political suicide.

Athos on October 1, 2013 at 1:30 PM

The House GOP has offered variation after variation of CRs, only to be rebuffed by the temper tantrum twins of Harry Reid & Barack Obama. Do not talk down the GOP position. Dear Liar will negotiate with America’s enemies, but not the Republicans. He’s the spoiled brat. No wonder his father abandoned him.

rbj on October 1, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Not really. Obama is the master of blowing it.

NotCoach on October 1, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Reggie Love says that Barky sucks at that, too.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 1, 2013 at 1:32 PM

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.

I’ll let benk from ace of spades provide the rejoinder:

http://minx.cc/?post=343812

gwelf on October 1, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Know who might benefit from a long term shut down? The states fighting for a return to federalism. And We the People of course.

I just don’t see any losers if the Fed shuts down for six months or so. Will keep them, and Obama, from mucking things up even more.

Charlemagne on October 1, 2013 at 1:32 PM

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

You suck Mr. Krauthammer. You’re a MONDALE supporter who somehow has become some kind of icon on the right.

The answer of the Beltway elites like he and David Brooks, Rove, Will, Noonan is to do something……..NEXT TIME.

Tired of the LIES………..LIES………..LIES……….LIES.

PappyD61 on October 1, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Meh. Krauthammer is too fixated on the spin cycle. If the press can’t find a pro Dem story, they just won’t say anything. We can’t win that game.

If the shutdown is a lifeline, then Ted Cruz tied an anchor to the end of it.

ElectricPhase on October 1, 2013 at 1:33 PM

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

He must have said this before Granddad’s Army took over the WWII Memorial.

Wethal on October 1, 2013 at 1:34 PM

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

Krauthammer … O’Reilly …

I stopped reading. I’ve had more than enough of these two.

Pork-Chop on October 1, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Pass an ‘essential employees only’ CR so that what is necessary gets to go on… put an anchor on that ‘lifeline’.

ajacksonian on October 1, 2013 at 1:37 PM

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

Sequester showed us the way.
This shutdown is no big deal.

mjbrooks3 on October 1, 2013 at 1:39 PM

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

LOL. “Could well be”?? Kraut is wrong almost all of the time and is most certainly NOT a conservative of any sort.

Talk about silliness …

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 1, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Krauthammer and Hayes are as dead to me as is Karl Rove.

Most of Faux, Hume and all, are as nuts as is Juan Williams. The latter can be forgiven for his Utopian pipe-dreams.

Schadenfreude on October 1, 2013 at 1:40 PM

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

He isn’t a conservative.

Krauthammer is “conservative” in the same way David Brooks, David Frum, or Andrew Sullivam are “conservatives.

tetriskid on October 1, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Glorious day in America!!!

Schadenfreude on October 1, 2013 at 1:40 PM

GOP Pundits: Ready. Aim. RETREAT!!!!

portlandon on October 1, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Send clean departmental CR’s to the Senate. We’ll see who is obstructionist and who is working to get government back to work.

Paint the Dems as the hostage takers they are. Republicans can be seen as asking that people be brought back to work, the Dems as saying no.

The Republicans will be seen as looking to the needs of the many, the Dems will be seen as looking to the needs of “The Won.”

Dusty on October 1, 2013 at 1:42 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 PM

http://theblacksphere.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Obama-with-Reggie-Love.jpg

Of course it has no bearing on Obama being the DOTUS but…..

PappyD61 on October 1, 2013 at 1:42 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 1, 2013 at 1:39 PM

tetriskid on October 1, 2013 at 1:40 PM

You’re both silly.

thebrokenrattle on October 1, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Actually, the thing the GOP should keep in mind is that now that the government has shut down, all future negotiations will be about both the government shutdown AND the debt ceiling. Since the Democrats will then be asking for the GOP to do more than they were before, the GOP has the right to raise its asking price and should push for the full repeal of Obamacare, and for good measure I would add in other agenda items like Keystone XL.

Stoic Patriot on October 1, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Because this is the America we want to live in, idiots from both sides.

Schadenfreude on October 1, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Boehner should hold a press conference and invite Senate leadership to a public conference committee at which both sides offer up programs and ask, “Do we really need this?”

BuckeyeSam on October 1, 2013 at 1:44 PM

[tetriskid on October 1, 2013 at 1:40 PM]

The smaller the government, the less need we have for opiners like Krauthammer. He’s just looking out for his own interest.

Big government is a pundit full employment industry.

Dusty on October 1, 2013 at 1:45 PM

I am sick of the argument that we can’t fight this administration because the press will call whatever we do “obstructionism”.

So, what should we do, oh wise Dr. Krauthammer? Just bend over and take it for the next three years?

Just do me a favor and STFU.

Chris of Rights on October 1, 2013 at 1:45 PM

ElectricPhase is exactly correct. I want to both laugh and cry when I hear right-leaning pundits bemoaning that we’re muddling the story and giving the media a chance to dodge stories unflattering to Obama. They have dodged those stories for years, and will keep on doing so. Trust me, Charles, they don’t need our “help.”

SacredFire on October 1, 2013 at 1:45 PM

. He unilaterally changed about 17 provisions in the law after it was passed. … You are not allowed to do that under our system.

Then, Charles, it s the GOP’s fault for not insisting then impeaching…
That would have been the time to bring out the fairness issue.

Don L on October 1, 2013 at 1:47 PM

So, I guess I agree that it gives Obama a lifeline, but the alternative is to give Obama what he wants. What can you do?

besser tot als rot on October 1, 2013 at 1:49 PM

One could easily argue then, that it is CK (once again)that has helped Obama by publically stating they did wrong.

Don L on October 1, 2013 at 1:49 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 PM

A mess that’s on full display today. Obama made it quite clear in his presser yesterday that Obamacare’s implementation is not affected in the least by this government slowdown. The massive screw-ups are fully funded. So you can log onto an Obamacare exchange website today and be told “Reply hazy, try again later”… but you can’t visit Yosemite.

I don’t think the Democrats realized that forcing a “shutdown” AND opening the exchanges on the same day would feed the same meme: the government can’t do anything right.

de rigueur on October 1, 2013 at 1:51 PM

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.

Please, even if the MSM did those stories they would all be framed in such a way as to make a case for single payer to fix it all.

Chuck, you really are not thinking past the end of your own nose.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on October 1, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Sir Charles knows this because ………….

alanstern on October 1, 2013 at 1:54 PM

I like Dr. K but this won’t be the first or last time he could be wrong.

Cindy Munford on October 1, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Krauthammer and O’Reilley. LOL. Will they have little RINO’s come spring?

Mr. Arrogant on October 1, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Meh.

Just because Obama will lie and bleat as expected, and the Media will lie and bleat as expected, is not a reason *not* to do something.

Seriously, we can’t operate with how the left will undoubtedly behave as the sole impetus to do or not do something.

Midas on October 1, 2013 at 1:56 PM

I can’t think of a better time to have a fight over Obamacare, actually.

crrr6 on October 1, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Sour Kraut needs to find another democrat whose campaign he can work for since the 1984 Mondale campaign that he worked for failed.

bgibbs1000 on October 1, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Chuckie, baby.

The government ‘shutdown’, and nobody noticed. Nothing happened.

faraway on October 1, 2013 at 1:57 PM

The bottom line is Krauthammer, Oreilly and most of Fox News tried to bury the Tea Party, after Beck left the network. If anyone is being thrown a life line it is the Tea Party. The light has been turned on and the cockroaches of the Republican Party are beginning to scurry.

DDay on October 1, 2013 at 1:57 PM

At what point would Dr K make a stand..?

d1carter on October 1, 2013 at 1:57 PM

This is Obama’s Y2K. All bark.

faraway on October 1, 2013 at 1:57 PM

There is nothing that can or will go wrong that will *not* be framed by Obama et al as having been the fault of Republicans.

So what?

Move on, do what’s right regardless.

Midas on October 1, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Not really. Obama is the master of blowing it.

NotCoach on October 1, 2013 at 1:26 PM

How did this become about Reggie Love?

Renee on October 1, 2013 at 1:57 PM

lifeline? We typically refer to this as the rope that he hangs himself with.

Krauthammer is a solid Trent Lott republican.

DanMan on October 1, 2013 at 1:57 PM

I don’t think the Democrats realized that forcing a “shutdown” AND opening the exchanges on the same day would feed the same meme: the government can’t do anything right.

de rigueur on October 1, 2013 at 1:51 PM

But we really MUST NOT, CANNOT make the poor little congresscritters push their own elevator buttons. The end is at hand!

http://twitchy.com/2013/10/01/the-bleeding-continues-congressional-elevator-button-pushers-become-latest-shutdown-casualty/

MontanaMmmm on October 1, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Remember the sequestration…!

d1carter on October 1, 2013 at 1:58 PM

DDay on October 1, 2013 at 1:57 PM

hell and heck yes, good comment

DanMan on October 1, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Krauthammer, the guy who missed the entire Reagan Presidency because he was busy working for Mondale, has missed history again.

The more the president speaks on Obamacare the further he owns it. All of it in its gory content.

Are we to presuppose that Mr. Obama speaking on the shutdown will suddenly…preempt all the other reasons his approval rating is in the dumpster?

Is that the intent (to inflate his approval ratings)of shutting down the Panda Cam, feeds from Voyager II (to the public) or keeping veterans out of the WW II Memorial or is it simply to provide video images to his adoring press corps?

Laughable.

I am pretty certain the gratuitous amount of people out of work believe the current government has more to do with them being out of work that anything else. Frankly, they might welcome a shutdown.

By the way, whether the press covers it or not Obamacare is a disaster. What kind of thinking is it that concludes if it’s not in the press people are favorable to it.

Only people inside the Beltway believe such nonsense.

Marcus Traianus on October 1, 2013 at 1:59 PM

If certain government employees are “non-essential”, why are they employed in the first place?

totherightofthem on October 1, 2013 at 2:00 PM

I must be missing something.

I GET Ted Cruz’s arguments.
I GET the arguments about the Adminstrations un-Constitional abuse of power.
I GET that the American public – in general and by a majority – want the individual mandate delayed.
I GET the need to repeal the medical devices tax.

What I DON’T GET is allowing the Senate to refuse to conference in good faith (or even bad faith).
What I DON’T GET all of this inside-the-beltway gamemanship about “we shouldn’t be opposing it now.” (If not now, when?)
What I DON’T GET is why making these same arguments in conjunction with the debt ceiling debate suddenly makes them more powerful.

Our Government is broken and has devolved into thuggery.

EdmundBurke247 on October 1, 2013 at 2:00 PM

When we shine the RINO light, Dr K comes out like the other cockroaches.

faraway on October 1, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Well Bob Woodward doesn’t seem to think so. He said this whole thing is Obama’s fault…

sandee on October 1, 2013 at 2:01 PM

At what point would Dr K make a stand..?

d1carter on October 1, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Unfortunately, he probably wouldn’t have taken a stand until they turned on the ‘showers.’

Resist We Much on October 1, 2013 at 2:02 PM

If certain government employees are “non-essential”, why are they employed in the first place?

totherightofthem on October 1, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Great f*cking question. That occurred to me last night listening to the radio.

Ahem, my company does *not* have any ‘non-essential’ employees. Why does my government have *any*?

Midas on October 1, 2013 at 2:02 PM

CK is wrong. What this shutdown shows is the GOP is finally willing to put their foot down when it comes to this lawless administration. Changing the statute 17 times by the waive of Obama’s magic finger needs to be highlighted over and over again.

jawkneemusic on October 1, 2013 at 2:06 PM

“You know what else?” Pelosi said. “They’re fakers”

So now Republicans are “fake extreme terrorist hostage takers with bombs strapped to their chest and a gun to our heads” ?
.. or is that “extreme terrorist hostage takers with fake bombs strapped to their chest and a fake gun to our heads ” ?
.. or then again maybe “extreme terrorist hostage takers with bombs strapped to their fake chest and a gun to our fake heads ” ?

J_Crater on October 1, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Why so sour, Krauthammer?

FloatingRock on October 1, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Does anyone actually think that the DNC propagandists (AKA the media) would have anything but good to say about the cACA exchange rollout?

Because they wouldn’t.

jukin3 on October 1, 2013 at 2:13 PM

But we really MUST NOT, CANNOT make the poor little congresscritters push their own elevator buttons. The end is at hand!

http://twitchy.com/2013/10/01/the-bleeding-continues-congressional-elevator-button-pushers-become-latest-shutdown-casualty/

MontanaMmmm on October 1, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Is nothing sacred?!! Next it will be those paper towel hander-outers you never know how much to tip in the Senate restrooms. (And, please, commenters: no “Barney Frank knew what to tip” jokes.)

de rigueur on October 1, 2013 at 2:18 PM

This is Obama’s Y2K. All bark.

faraway on October 1, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Except at Y2K there was a smooth transition.

Does anyone actually think that the DNC propagandists (AKA the media) would have anything but good to say about the cACA exchange rollout?

Because they wouldn’t.

jukin3 on October 1, 2013 at 2:13 PM

They tried, but were caught with egg on their face.

Live TV Fail: MSNBC forced to abandon ObamaCare exchange demonstration after glitches

Obama’s Y2K, indeed!

INC on October 1, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Unless they are current, the numbers for the Market don’t seem to be upset.

Cindy Munford on October 1, 2013 at 2:20 PM

This is a lifeline for an administration that’s drowning.

Everything Obama touches turns to lead. He’ll manage to turn this lifeline into an anchor.

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.

The shutdown will be a non-story in a week or two.

The Obamacare clustersuck will be a story that keeps on giving for months, if not years.

MichaelGabriel on October 1, 2013 at 2:21 PM

People will see the shutdown does not effect them much…so Obama will have to selectively shutdown things so that it does.

albill on October 1, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Thank you Charles!!Someone besides Gabe over at Ace gets it! No one will be talking about the FUBAR today’s Obamacare roll out is. No one will be talking how Bibi spanked Obama today. No, everyone will be talking about the shutdown and Sebelius will blame the FUBAR on the shutdown. Fournier’s article today is close to being right in predicting the end of the GOP. And as much as I like Ted Cruz, he is going to be very surprised when he discovers that that Gallup 40% self identify as conservative number means nothing. Conservative means different things to different people in different parts of America.We don’t all think alike and maybe 26% of the voting public thinks like Cruz and the Tea Party and that’s not enough to win.

xkaydet65 on October 1, 2013 at 2:23 PM

MontanaMmmm on October 1, 2013 at 1:58 PM

You mean taxpayers have been paying money for someone to push elevator buttons?

Is this position some holdover from the time elevators had a door and a gate that worked manually? Even if those are still in the Capitol Building, if a Congress Critter can’t operate it, then that member isn’t smart enough to be in Congress.

INC on October 1, 2013 at 2:23 PM

I swear it’s like these “conservatives” are trying to save this pathetic administration.

jawkneemusic on October 1, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Krauthammer is like a lot of these contemporary conservatives. He is a former leftist who can’t seem to break clean from that faith.

rickv404 on October 1, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Nobody cares if their are software glitches in Obamacare. That will never be a story.

The majority of people still use Microsoft’s buggy software. They only care about their TV working, so the idea that the shutdown is a distraction from that story is wrong.

kcewa on October 1, 2013 at 2:33 PM

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

You realize that you’re referring to a Mondale supporter who though the town hall protests that were the nascent Tea Party were not only a bad idea, but poor form?

Oh, and the “Hammer” nomenclature is already taken, property of one Tom Delay, late of the Ted Stevens system of political prosecution.

wolfsDad on October 1, 2013 at 2:36 PM

xkaydet65 on October 1, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Okay, I went to all three BIG networks and you know what they are saying about the Obamacare roll out. That it is busy and popular that it is suffering from overload from all the people clamoring to get it. What would they have said differently if Congress had passed and president signed a CR? You guys are big on noticing that the media will blame the Republicans but you fail to mention that they will lie for the administration. Obamacare is going to be awesome and that’s all you need to know.

Cindy Munford on October 1, 2013 at 2:38 PM

We don’t all think alike and maybe 26% of the voting public thinks like Cruz and the Tea Party and that’s not enough to win.

Of course by “winning” you mean electing the same old tired retreads who tell us all to sit down and shut up because the optics are bad.

What did I win exactly when my choices in 2008 and 2012 were McCain and Romney?

Bishop on October 1, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Kraut, your wrong.

This administration doesn’t care about “optics”. Obama is all about brute force.

We should respond in kind.

WisRich on October 1, 2013 at 2:39 PM

-I still think that this is going to be a good thing for the Republicans and a very bad thing for the scurrilous Dems.
It’s all going to come down to people’s feelings about Obamacare.

-Those people that don’t want Obamacare will view the Republicans as having taken a principled stand. This will amount to a net gain for Republicans.

-Those that do want Obamacare are absolute morons and freaks who should be compressed into a pellet and fired directly into the sun.

Oh, sorry, I lost my train of thought.

-Those that do want Obamacare are total partisans anyway and nothing will change their views. In other words they are a net zero in terms of gains or losses for the Republicans.

justltl on October 1, 2013 at 2:39 PM

INC on October 1, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Y2K wasn’t smooth where I worked. I will never be convinced that if they had done absolutely nothing we wouldn’t have been ahead of the game. I am praying I can say the same about Obamacare.

Cindy Munford on October 1, 2013 at 2:40 PM

xkaydet65 on October 1, 2013 at 2:23 PM

The “glitches” is a very small storyline compared to the layoffs, rate increases, hours cut….and you think the MSM is going to cover those now because of the glitches?

MontanaMmmm on October 1, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Okay, I went to all three BIG networks and you know what they are saying about the Obamacare roll out. That it is busy and popular that it is suffering from overload from all the people clamoring to get it. What would they have said differently if Congress had passed and president signed a CR? You guys are big on noticing that the media will blame the Republicans but you fail to mention that they will lie for the administration. Obamacare is going to be awesome and that’s all you need to know.

Cindy Munford on October 1, 2013 at 2:38 PM

The Ministry of Plenty also reports that 54 million pairs of boots were produced last month.

oldroy on October 1, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Riiight, if only Conservatives stand out of his way and let him get everything his heart desires it’d all fall apart. It was all coming together for a huuuuuge Republican victory if it weren’t for those meddling Conservatives!

Nevermind that everything is blamed on the Republicans whether or not they’ve done anything (look at Obamacare for starters – it’s all falling apart because of Republicans according to the WH & media???)

Nevermind that those “huge wins” we were promised if only we would get behind a Romney presidency because you know… the economy is tanking and everyone was sure to see that as Obama’s fault. Hey, that was Krauthammer’s call too, right?

Nevermind the base is completely fed up with these Republican/Obama compromises, this stand around and wait for it all to fall apart, letting illegals fill up the Dem’s votes, the newly unemployed/welfare/foodstamp recipients adding Dem votes, the lack of a fighting spirit sapping Republican votes…

So yeah… sure Krauthammer, we’re REEEEALLY be on a verge of a victory if it weren’t for Conservatives y’know actually doing something.

Ukiah on October 1, 2013 at 2:46 PM

You realize that you’re referring to a Mondale supporter who though the town hall protests that were the nascent Tea Party were not only a bad idea, but poor form?

Oh, and the “Hammer” nomenclature is already taken, property of one Tom Delay, late of the Ted Stevens system of political prosecution.

wolfsDad on October 1, 2013 at 2:36 PM

I know right, what a RINO! Delay is long gone, hence the New ‘Hammer.
STOP! Hammertime!

thebrokenrattle on October 1, 2013 at 2:48 PM

He’s right…the shutdown is stupid. What is the House fighting for? A one year delay in Obamacare? The GOP has no idea what it’s doing…horrible messaging.

FreeManOtis on October 1, 2013 at 2:49 PM

This guy is really starting to look, sound and act like the Al Gore of the conservatives

rik on October 1, 2013 at 2:56 PM

wolfsDad on October 1, 2013 at 2:36 PM

It’s so nice that we have Enlightened Ones like you who can separate the wheat from the chaff. Who made you boss of who is and isn’t conservative? I heard insinuations yesterday that MKH wasn’t conservative; madness! Like I said, you can say that he is wrong but to say that he isn’t on our side is folly.

thebrokenrattle on October 1, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Who made you boss of who is and isn’t conservative?

thebrokenrattle on October 1, 2013 at 2:56 PM

You reserve that power to yourself only, I see.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 1, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Krauthammer is wrong….and right.

If Obama hasnt been held account for his Obamacare lawlessness, foreign policy disasters, criminal use of federal agencies, or downright incompetence as Commander in Chief…it doesnt matter if the government shuts down or not. The media will continue to be a mouthpiece for the administration. Those who are still dumb enough to believe a word the MSM says will blame the GOP, otherwise people are just fed up with government as a whole.

As for the Republicans not giving in to Harry Reid and Obama on every single horrible demand. Thats just principle. Im sorry, but when the President will negotiate with Iran while they are stoning gays and raping women as national policy, but not the majority party in the House of Representatives, the nation has bigger problems than the “panda cam” being shut down.

So Krauthammer thinks we should just further allow destruction to the nation to avoid some political conflict. Its just that kind of weak sauce thinking that has been the standard for 60 years in the establishment GOP, and allowed the country to sink to its current low.

Time for things to change. People just want a strong horse to follow. Obama may be weak, but compared to Boehner and Cantor, he is Hercules Von Secretariat….thats our problem.

alecj on October 1, 2013 at 3:12 PM

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