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    Would they have forced a shutdown in an election year?

    The GOP lost seats in the last gov't shutdown, but that was in 1995-96, during a Presidential campaign. The memories were still fresh with voters that time around and they payed the price for their actions. This time around they at least remembered not to repeat that timing. The debt limit was extended in 2011 for two years to avoid an election year battle, and we are currently more than a year away from the next midterms, a political eternity.

    The question is this: would the GOP have been strong enough in their conviction to wage this fight if they thought voters were watching closely? Or was part of their plan to have some wiggle room before the next election?
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    Re: Would they have forced a shutdown in an election year?

    Quote Originally Posted by aberrant85 View Post
    The GOP lost seats in the last gov't shutdown, but that was in 1995-96, during a Presidential campaign. The memories were still fresh with voters that time around and they payed the price for their actions. This time around they at least remembered not to repeat that timing. The debt limit was extended in 2011 for two years to avoid an election year battle, and we are currently more than a year away from the next midterms, a political eternity.

    The question is this: would the GOP have been strong enough in their conviction to wage this fight if they thought voters were watching closely? Or was part of their plan to have some wiggle room before the next election?
    They actually gained two Senate seats in the '96 elections while losing a few in the House...
    I don't often change my signature, but this was just too over the top to let anyone forget with what this country is up against...
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    Re: Would they have forced a shutdown in an election year?

    Quote Originally Posted by AlabamaPaul View Post
    They actually gained two Senate seats in the '96 elections while losing a few in the House...
    I stand corrected. Still, the main story was that Clinton won reelection at least in part thanks to the shutdown.
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    Re: Would they have forced a shutdown in an election year?

    Quote Originally Posted by aberrant85 View Post
    The GOP lost seats in the last gov't shutdown, but that was in 1995-96, during a Presidential campaign. The memories were still fresh with voters that time around and they payed the price for their actions. This time around they at least remembered not to repeat that timing. The debt limit was extended in 2011 for two years to avoid an election year battle, and we are currently more than a year away from the next midterms, a political eternity.

    The question is this: would the GOP have been strong enough in their conviction to wage this fight if they thought voters were watching closely? Or was part of their plan to have some wiggle room before the next election?
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    Re: Would they have forced a shutdown in an election year?

    They likely would have stopped short of a shutdown for fear of repercussions, but a budget battle wagered with at least a portion of the health care law as potential collateral would have likely occurred in any scenario in order to highlight the flaws of the law and appease their own base.

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    Re: Would they have forced a shutdown in an election year?

    Quote Originally Posted by aberrant85 View Post
    I stand corrected. Still, the main story was that Clinton won reelection at least in part thanks to the shutdown.
    He won re-election because of the economy at the time which was not any of his doing. That was due to affordable personal computing devices stoking the internet explosion and the Y2K scare coming up...
    I don't often change my signature, but this was just too over the top to let anyone forget with what this country is up against...
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    Re: Would they have forced a shutdown in an election year?

    Quote Originally Posted by AlabamaPaul View Post
    He won re-election because of the economy at the time which was not any of his doing. That was due to affordable personal computing devices stoking the internet explosion and the Y2K scare coming up...
    Right again. I am guilty of making a pat statement when in reality his reelection was based on an infinite number of factors, both within out of Clinton's control.
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    Re: Would they have forced a shutdown in an election year?

    Quote Originally Posted by aberrant85 View Post
    Right again. I am guilty of making a pat statement when in reality his reelection was based on an infinite number of factors, both within out of Clinton's control.
    Agreed...
    I don't often change my signature, but this was just too over the top to let anyone forget with what this country is up against...
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    Re: Would they have forced a shutdown in an election year?

    Quote Originally Posted by aberrant85 View Post
    The GOP lost seats in the last gov't shutdown, but that was in 1995-96, during a Presidential campaign. The memories were still fresh with voters that time around and they payed the price for their actions. This time around they at least remembered not to repeat that timing. The debt limit was extended in 2011 for two years to avoid an election year battle, and we are currently more than a year away from the next midterms, a political eternity.

    The question is this: would the GOP have been strong enough in their conviction to wage this fight if they thought voters were watching closely? Or was part of their plan to have some wiggle room before the next election?
    "They" being the GOP ?

    The Republicans in the House passed a budget, it was the Democrats in the Senate who rejected the budget which led to the bogus shutdown of government.

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    Re: Would they have forced a shutdown in an election year?

    I would say with this crew of teavangelicals....ESPECIALLY in an election year.

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