I know this, because their messaging on this is so bad:
The Republican leadership adopted a new plan to at least buy time — offering three measures that would reopen specific, popular parts of the government, including parks and veterans services.
Democrats quickly circled the wagons against the idea, and the White House threatened a veto.
“This shutdown isn’t about spending or deficit or budgets,” the president said at the White House. “This shutdown is about rolling back our efforts to provide health insurance to folks who don’t have it. This, more than anything else, seems to be what the Republican Party stands for these days.”
“People shouldn’t have to choose between help for our veterans and cancer research,” said Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.). “And we shouldn’t have to choose between visiting our national parks or enrolling kids in Head Start.”
We’re not forcing anyone to choose right now, chump. We’re offering to fund national parks. And you’re turning down the offer?!?!?!
Apparently this all went nowhere yesterday because House Republicans used some procedure other than “regular order” and the votes needed a 2/3 majority as a result. Bad idea. It seems they have recognized their mistake and will bring up these bills again today and likely pass them:
House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told TPM that the House would bring the legislation up Wednesday under regular order, which would only require a majority vote.
It’s likely to pass then, but it isn’t going anywhere. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (R-NV) has already rejected a piecemeal approach to funding the government, and the White House has threatened to veto any piecemeal legislation.
Another House Democratic aide told TPM that Tuesday’s vote and the one coming Wednesday are therefore effectively stall tactics.
Imagine a conversation between a non-lapdog Big Media Member and Harry Reid after an Obama veto, or Democrats knocking down one of these bills in the Senate:
HARRY REID: Republicans are shutting down national parks!
NON=LAPDOG BIG MEDIA MEMBER: But they passed a bill to fund the national parks. You argued against it. Obama vetoed it.
HARRY REID: They’re playing games! It’s a stall tactic! The public shouldn’t have to choose!
NON=LAPDOG BIG MEDIA MEMBER: How can you blame Republicans for not funding something when they specifically voted to fund it?
HARRY REID: They’re releasing one hostage at a time!
That last is Nancy P’s analogy. Let’s go with that for a second. We are not asking for any concessions to fund these programs, so it’s like offering to release a hostage without conditions. Maybe the cops like the fact that the terrorists are holding Aunt Rosie, because people like Aunt Rosie. So the terrorists figure that out and say they will release Aunt Rosie, as long as the cops agree.
If the cops don’t agree, whose fault is it now that Aunt Rosie is still being held hostage?
The cops are worried about the other hostages, like Uncle Fester the baby raper. He gives the cops bribe money, and they want to make sure he gets released. If the terrorists release Aunt Rosie, maybe the public won’t care about Uncle Fester. And the bribe money goes away.
If that was hard to follow, this isn’t: you can’t blame us for not funding something if we voted to fund it.
Sooner or later, even the aggressive Big Media filter will not be able to screen this out.