(Image by Gary Varvel)
For months, commentators, Tea Partiers and other not-quite-Republicans have advocated that Republican politicians should let the Obamacare train derail on it's own--as depicted in the above cartoon. But they insist on picking a fight by threatening to defund Obamacare inadvertantly triggering a government shutdown.
True Our Dear Leader is refusing to negotiate with Republicans--but is willing to negotiate with our enemies and adversaries.
But should a shutdown occur, Republicans will be the scapegoats.
Or is that scapelephants?
Thomas Sowell points out this sort of brinkmanship provides Team Obama with a distraction from all the "phony scandals".
This passage in particular caught my eye:
What matters is that this distraction solves Barack Obama’s political problems that he could not possibly have solved by himself.
Reflecting on it, this strikes me as a common theme with the "O'ministration." A lot of (all of?) Obama's initiatives required others to step in (like Vladimir Putin) and pull his presidential chestnuts out of the fire.