Top Dems Reveal That In Efforts to Control the Narrative, Just Use the Word “Extreme”
For months, Democrats have been accusing Republicans of pushing Congress toward a government shutdown that could be catastrophic for the economy
But now one prominent Democrat says a government shutdownwould be “the best thing in the world” for his party.
“From a partisan point of view, I think it would be the best thing in the world to have a shutdown,” Sen. Howard Dean said Tuesday at a National Journal Insider Conference’s panel.
That’s because, Dean said, Republicans would be blamed for it.
“If I was head of DNC, I would be quietly rooting for it,” Dean said. “I know who’s going to get blamed. We’ve been down this road before.”
Privately, many Democrats have been saying the same thing, but by putting it in such inelegant political terms, Dean’s words make it harder for Democrats to argue that it is Republicans who are to blame if the current budget impasse leads to a government shutdown.
Further into this report….
Dean’s comments came after a misstep by the Senate Democrats’ message man Chuck Schumer.
Schumer was caught on a conference call instructing four fellow senators to paint Republicans as “extreme” in the budget negotiations.
“I always use the word extreme,” Schumer told them, according to The New York Times. “That is what the caucus instructed me to use this week.”
Response from Republican Mitch McConnell was to place emphasis that Republicans have been trying to work in good faith with their Democrat counterparts in Congress, but comments of this sort make it difficult to get anything accomplished.
Senator Harry Reid’s response…..
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid countered by arguing that Republicans are so “afraid” of alienating the Tea Party that they are willing to bring the government to a screeching halt come April 9.
“Why are they afraid? Are they afraid to tell the extreme Tea Party members of their caucus that they’re trying to find common ground with Democrats? Does that somehow embarrass them? There are reasonable Republicans in the House who want to see us reach a compromise. We know that from the last vote,” Reid said. “They seem to be afraid to anger a small extreme minority in their party that’s willing to shut down the government, put the economy at risk of killing at least 700,000 jobs. Republicans need to decide which is worse, angering their Tea Party base or shutting down the government, threatening our fragile economy even more.
So the word “extreme” is to be the new “buzz word used by Democrats?Raaacisssts just didn’t get it done?Neither did “Teabaggers”, huh? The Caucus is giving out the word of the week now???
Thanks to the Dems for letting the cat out of the bag.