Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Right's Messaging Problem

One of the biggest smears so far in this whole government shutdown is that the "partisan" Republicans are being blamed en masse for shutting down the government.  Completely false when one actually looks at the history of Congress for the past few weeks; it's actually the House Republicans who are trying to keep the Federal government open by passing a series of continuing resolutions to fund certain areas of the government.

But here's the part of the messaging failure: they aren't voting to keep the Federal government open by themselves.  It's bipartisan.

Peep the examples:

HJ Resolution 70 - Making continuing appropriations for National Park Service operations, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Art, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes.

R Ayes: 223
D Ayes: 23

HJ Resolution 71 - District of Columbia Continuing Appropriations Resolution

Passed by voice vote.

HJ Resolution 72 - Veterans Benefits Continuing Appropriations Resolution

R Ayes: 224
D Ayes: 35

HJ Resolution 73 - Making continuing appropriations for the National Institutes of Health for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes

R Ayes: 229
D Ayes: 25

Every non-MSM outlet should be putting the word "bipartisan" next to CR when reporting.  But they aren't.  And that's why the blame game is still hitting the right hard.

OTHER OBSERVATIONS: So it comes to this: the vote on the ACA was written, acclaimed, and passed in partisan fashion.  The opposition vote was bipartisan.

The vote to keep government open is bipartisan.  The decision to close the government falls directly on the Democrats in the Senate, and that petulant boy-king President.

BONUS DOUBLE STANDARD OF THE WEEK: Could you imagine if there were a government shut down, and the R's refused to even have a vote on funding the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, the NIH where cancer stricken kids need funding to stay alive, etc.?

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