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September 23, 2013


Why Republicans Will Be Blamed for a Shutdown

Paul Waldman: "Republicans are the ones who hate government, and Democrats are the ones who defend it."

"This is the heart of it. After so many decades of Republicans saying that government is evil, trying to slash it in a hundred ways, and more recently saying that they don't think a shutdown would be all that bad, it will be all but impossible for them to convince people that they're the ones who want government to stay open. Even if it were true (which it isn't) they wouldn't be able to convince people of it. They're the anti-government party. That's who they are. They worked very hard to create that image. So the universal default assumption is that when there's a question of who's responsible for shutting down the government, Republicans are the ones who are doing it, and persuading people that the opposite is true just isn't going to happen."












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