When I suggested that “Obama is trying the pull that old trick of tyrants – to create and/or use a crisis to crush opponents and to increase one’s own power,” some may have thought I was being “hyper-partisan” or violating Godwin’s Law or something.
The problem is I have been proven *right again*. Provoking a crisis to crush the GOP and gain more power has been Obama’s strategy all along. And now there is pretty much a smoking gun to that effect:
“It was during one of those nightly sessions that Jarrett devised the no-negotiating strategy that Obama has employed in his fight with the GOP over the government shutdown,” Klein said, citing sources within the administration….
“She convinced the president that a government shutdown and default offered a great opportunity to demonize the Republicans and help the Democrats win back a majority in the House of Representatives in 2014 .
. . Valerie also came with the idea of using the words `hostage’, and `ransom,’ and `terrorists’ against the Republicans,’” Klein said.
Jarrett, who like the Obamas hails from Chicago, has deep ties to the president, First Lady Michelle and the extended family.
Thus the House was stonewalled by Obama and Senate Democrats even when they voted to (re)open the government eleven times. Because crushing those eeevil Republicans was more important than sensible governance.
Oh, and something else lost in the confusion as this whole sordid episode seems to be winding down – Obama yesterday threatened a veto of a debt ceiling increase if it took away the special healthcare treatment of Congress, their staffers, and White House officials. “Obamacare for thee, but not for we” was that important to him!
And, of course, he knew that, no matter how unreasonable he was, his news media would spin it as the Republican’s fault anyway, just has they have all along.
Facts are annoying things, especially to Obama and allies. That’s why you will not hear much of the above from Obama’s kept “news” media.