From 9 pm to 9:30 pm Eastern Time, today (September 30, 2013) Chris Hayes will be taking questions on Facebook. I’ll be posting a few if you’re interested. This will be updated based on his responses.
So, in case you haven’t already heard, the government is shutting down, and I’m skeptical about the possibility that this will lead to a more moderate Republican Party. If anything, as with the last time a shut down led to a new Republican leadership emerging, more radical people (whether openly or more covertly) seem likely to step forward. The ship has likely sailed for the Republican Party and it no longer can attract more moderate voters (outside of crisis situations, where moderates cease to be moderates, so it just proves that rule).
My concern is twofold, however, namely that this isn’t just going to change Republicans for the worse, but also Democrats. For instance, here’s an email I received from Barack Obama last week (I’m so special!):
(From my emails.)
Likewise, Organizing for America, arguably the closest to a motivational wing of the Democratic Party nowadays, has swung from ad campaigns selling obamacare to advertisements on MSNBC’s online programming that directly discuss the gall of the Republicans to shut down the government in order to get their way on health care reform. From seeking out donations to scoring political points, there’s a certain laziness and hence reliance on Republican ineptitude. In a word, the Democrats seem to be increasingly invested in the dysfunction that many Republicans appear to be revealing in.
The little partisan distinction between the party that wanted problems and the party that wanted solutions is disintegrating, with both beginning to profit from flawed policy. If only the average people were as much a part of this win/win situation.
6:30 Chris Hayes states that he doesn’t see any potential Hastert to Boehner’s Gingrich outside of Eric Cantor, but also that all government provisions (namely government work retirement pensions) should pay out in full, just not in a timely manner (as skeletal staff would be ubiquitous in clerical departments).