Last night Congressional leaders met with the President to discuss the partial government shutdown. While one would hope that a meeting would produce some sort of compromise or movement on the issue, that wasn't the case. What a surprise.
After meeting for about an hour and a half, Congressional leaders emerged from the White House to basically tell the American people that nothing has changed. Democrats will not negotiate. Everything remains at a standstill and in fact, things feel further apart than ever. I have a feeling that we will remain in a partial shutdown for perhaps weeks, not days. With the debt ceiling debate looming around the corner, the stakes are higher than ever for each side
Meanwhile we can expect to see the hyped stories related to the shutdown. The WWII veterans and the National Parks is a prime example. Just like during sequestration when the administration adamantly made sure that government agencies maximized the promised pain, there is no doubt that this is happening now. As the Daily Caller has pointed out, memorials and monuments remains open during previous government shutdowns. What makes this one different? Because Obama and the Democrats have a point to prove and they also know they have a media they can manipulate in order to make it. When you have more guards protecting the WWII memorial from being visited by 90 year old veterans than you did protecting Americans in Benghazi, you've got some pretty misplaced priorities. But this is all for show, and the Democrats know that they have the media on their side. Case in point: The Media Research Center has kept track of the coverage, “The nation’s big three news networks are falling right into place for President Obama and the Democrats, blaming the Republican Party for the government shutdown by a whopping 21-0 story count.” Nonetheless, Republicans should hold the line.
Reports are that Republicans are considering the idea of a “grand bargain” attached to the debt ceiling that would include entitlement and tax reform. In other words, the battle in Washington has expanded beyond ObamaCare and is now about our debt and our spending. By holding the line on the CR, some Republicans argue that this gives them more leverage on the debt ceiling debate. This isn't going to be over any time soon.