Methinks he may want a shutdown so he can have another excuse to attack Republicans.
This headline helps strengthen that suspicion: HALPERIN: OBAMA OKAY WITH SHUTDOWN BECAUSE MEDIA HAS HIS BACK:
Intentionally or not, Monday on Morning Joe, Time’s Mark Halperin revealed to the world how the American media’s pro-Obama bias will in part be to blame for any coming government shutdown. When asked if President Obama had an incentive to negotiate with the GOP, Halperin explained that, “The White House does not have much incentive. They think the trends are going to go in their direction at the end of the week, or early next week at the latest; because again, the press is largely sympathetic to their arguments on this.”
No wonder he hasn’t met with House Republicans to try to work out their differences.
Am I right to speculate that Obama might want to see the government shutdown? Or he sincere in his commitment to keep it open? (If he is, please detail what he has done to prevent the shutdown.)
So, readers, use the comments section below to let us know what you think . . .
UPDATE: Contending that “Obama Wants a Shutdown, So He’ll Get a Shutdown,” Bryan Preston observes:
Republicans never threatened a shutdown during this entire debate. They made a point to fund the rest of the government while defunding or now delaying Obamacare. It has been Obama and the Democrats who have threatened a shutdown. The media, like Obama, will not only depend on the ignorance of the average American, they will actively foster that ignorance with deception and misdirection. That’s their schtick.
He also reminds us:
Other congresses have also fought over spending and attached conditions to debt ceiling hikes, going all the way back to the time of Eisenhower. Democrat congresses shut the government down under Reagan, about a dozen times. You’re not supposed to know any of that, though.