PHILLIPS: Harry Reid’s shutdown - What do liberals really want?

Shouldn't we be grateful to Harry Reid for shutting the government down? Photo: AP Photos

WASHINGTON, October 1, 2013 — Harry Reid has done it.

The Senate Majority leader has shut down the government.  He had the chance to have the Senate approve the House of Representatives Continuing Resolution that would have kept the government running or he even could have negotiated with the House.

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He refused and he shut the government down!

As expected liberal media blamed the Republican Party for the shutdown. But on social media, the left has been in absolute hysterical shock.  They have been panicking and trying to stampede the GOP.

What do they want the Republicans to do? They want the Republicans to cave.

The messaging from the left has been somewhere between amusing to asinine.  In their social media messaging, the left has been telling Republicans, you need to dump the Tea Party because if you don’t you will be blamed for the government shut down. 

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If Republicans don’t ignore their base, do what the left wants, you will never be a viable party again!


Isn’t that what the left wants? Doesn’t the left want the Republican Party to be such a tiny party that it does not matter?

Any Republican thinking about taking advice from the left needs to have their conservative card revoked. The left is panicking on the shutdown. 

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First, “the left” never thought the shutdown would happen. They expected John Boehner to raise his freshly laundered white flag of surrender again. Liberals have been laughing for the last two and a half years as the Republicans screwed their base over again and again. 

They watched with undisguised amusement as the Republicans committed political suicide.

Suddenly the Republican Party has grown a spine and now this is a worst-case scenario for the left.

For starters, with the Republicans standing and fighting instead of simply rolling over, the Democrats cannot simply run roughshod over them.  Like all bullies everywhere, the Democrats don’t know what to do when their victim suddenly fights back.

But for Democrats, there is an even worse scenario.  Americans do not like Obamacare.  Americans overwhelmingly do not want Obamacare.  The top question on the Obamacare website is, “How do I get out of Obamacare?”

With a government shutdown, Americans are waking up this morning and discovering the world is not coming to an end.  If the government shut down goes on for a long time, Americans will realize we have a lot more government than we need.

When that happens, Americans are going to start asking why are we borrowing so much money for a government we do not need.  Why is Barack Obama taking multimillion-dollar vacations at government expense when Americans are being forced into a healthcare system Americans neither like nor want?

The left’s hysteria is because they will be the big losers in the government shutdown.  The conservative wing of the Republican Party is not only energized but now it will be ascendant.  

We know how impotent Barack Obama is as a leader and Harry Reid cannot do much more.

Harry Reid’s shutdown is going to be a victim of the law of unintended consequences.  It has united conservatives and will sink the left.

Shouldn’t we all be grateful to Harry for shutting the government down?

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Judson Phillips

Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet.

A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says.

Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC.   “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based.  Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville.  Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’  I did.”

The first Tea Party in Nashville was held late February 2009 which drew a crowd of about 600. Judson then organized the Tax Day Tea Party in Nashville, which drew over 10,000 people into downtown.   It was at this time that Tea Party Nation was formed.  Later that year, Judson decided to bring activists from across the country together, so he organized the first National Tea Party Convention in February 2010, which featured Alaska’s former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin as it’s keynote speaker.

He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website, writes several daily columns and is working on more projects than any one person should.  He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.

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