I wrote the following, (Update to follow) on Erick Erickson's post yesterday morning, "The Fight Remains About Obamacare" and see nothing today that would change my take on how things are shaping up on the shutdown.
The establishment is out for payback and liberty minded Americans are going to pay the consequences!
The cave is set to begin today with Mitch McConnell's visit to the White House.
Fox news is reporting that everyone is looking to Susan Collins as the way out of this because she is proposing a medical device tax repeal coupled with a relaxation of sequester cuts as a way to pay the Reid/Obama extortion ring off and get them off the hook for this deal.
This weekend will likely end the shutdown, McConnell/McCain/Graham/Collins will sell out completely on stopping Obamacare....Not only that, they will bring up the sequester spending which wasn't even on the table when we started this, and sell out the gains in deficit reductions we made last year.
AND...after all this...Obama will get more than he asked for to begin with, Republican's will own the blame for the shutdown giving the statist party bosses an excuse to cave on every budget negotiation they get into for the next 20 years. Obamacare will become a permanent entitlement...AND the so called "Moderate", (read liberal) RMSP wing of the Republicrat Party will blame the base for the epic fail!
I called it yesterday morning about 9:00am.
As things progressed today, everything is on track for what I predicted.
From "The Hill", "Reid and McConnell talk deal" http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/328223-reid-and-mcconnell-talk-deal
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) are taking the lead on talks to raise the debt limit and reopen the government, according to senators.
Reid and McConnell are working off a six-point proposal sponsored by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) that would fund the government for six months and raise the debt ceiling until Jan. 31, 2014...
....Corker said Senate Republicans were providing McConnell with "a lot of support" in the fledgling talks.
However, he also made clear that the Senate would likely move a compromise package, if one emerged, without first clearing it with the Republican majority in the House.
"I'm not sure the House is at a place where they could send something over right now that 218 Republicans agree on, so I think that would be hard to negotiate," he said.
Reid and McConnell met with Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the third-ranking Democratic leader, and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) Saturday morning to discuss the outlines of a deal.
“My hope is that Sen. McConnell and Sen. Reid will work together to come up with a way for us to open the government and pay our bills and reduce our debt," Alexander said. "And if they can do that over the next few hours, the country will be better off.”
Get ready...The cave will be more than anyone could imagine and I believe the establishment is bringing up giving away the sequester cuts as punishment to conservatives for daring to buck the asshats in leadership.
Make no mistake...this is meant to show conservatives what happens when you dare buck the party bosses. I believe the Democrats know the cave is coming, I believe they know the Republican Statist establishment's overriding motivation right now is payback!!!
As such I believe Ried and tbe Dems are going to hold out for even more. Why wouldn't they because they know these cowards will give away anything in the name of bipartisanship and commity.
If I were Obama/Reid, I'd hold the line and wait to see what the Republican Bosses will give me next!