Virginia-based trade publication Politico says that President Obama is winning by shutting down the government.
“President Barack Obama started September in an agonizing, extended display of how little sway he had in Congress. He ended the month with a display of resolve and strength that could redefine his presidency,” say Politico writers Edward-Isaac Dovere and Reid J. Epstein. “All it took was a government shutdown.”
This was less a White House strategy than simply staying in the corner the House GOP had painted them into — to the White House’s surprise, Obama was forced to do what he so rarely has as president: he said no, and he didn’t stop saying no.
To affirm the position that Obama’s showing strength by shutting down the governement, Politicoquotes Obama himself, White House spokesman Jay Carney, OMB deputy director Brian Deese, Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg, and Democratic strategist Jim Manley. All of the quotations in the story are in support of the president and all are from Democrats.