It sounds like Obama is coming around to the correct position that Democrats need to demand an end to both hostage crises as a condition for Dem votes for the CR. There’s no sense in Dems voting for a CR only to have Republicans set up a debt ceiling crisis on October 17. You take all the weapons from the hostage-taker, not just one:
“We’re not going to be disrespected,” he told the Washington Examiner’s David Drucker. “We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.”
Stutzman is right. The fight over the shutdown has become unmoored from any particular policy demands the GOP believes it can secure. It’s become an issue of pride and politics. At this point, Republicans simply need something so they can tell themselves, and their base, that they didn’t lose. They don’t know what that something is, exactly. But it needs to be something.
By the same token, the Democrats literally can’t give them anything without losing. Not until the shutdown ends, anyway. And, on CNBC on Wednesday, President Obama added that the Democrats can’t give them anything until the debt ceiling is raised. “Until we get t[the shutdown] done, until we make sure that Congress allows treasury to pay for things that Congress itself already authorized, we are not going to engage in a series of negotiations,” Obama said.
(via Ezra Klein)