John Boehner was responding to reporters when he said of the faux government shutdown, “This isn’t some damn game.” Apparently, the White House thinks that it is a game, and they think they’re winning.
According to the Wall Street Journal, a White House official said they don’t care how long the shutdown lasts, because it’s all about the “end result”:
Terry Holt, a longtime Republican strategist, said Mr. Obama’s strategy rests on a cold-eyed calculation that Republicans are the ones with the most to lose. “As long as the president thinks his poll numbers are going to be good, I don’t expect the government to reopen,” he said. Said a senior administration official: “We are winning…It doesn’t really matter to us” how long the shutdown lasts “because what matters is the end result.”
That official remains unnamed. And he obviously didn’t get the message from administration advisors on what to say and what not to say to the media regarding the shutdown. So, Jay Carney was quick to cover for him:
“This is absurd,” Carney tweeted Friday, after political observers noted the callousness of the administration’s supposed position. “POTUS wants the shutdown to end NOW. Speaker can do that NOW by putting a clean CR to a vote… We utterly disavow idea WH doesn’t care when it ends. House should act now, no strings attached.”
Isn’t that funny? The White House is disavowing what the White House said. What is it that the Bible says about a “house divided against itself?”
Carney is doing damage control. He doesn’t want to let it get out that the “shutdown” is nothing more than show. He has to make it sound as if they’re the ones bending over backwards for America and the GOP, and that it’s up to the Republicans to get their act together.
Obviously it’s a game. That’s what Washington politics are all about. If you don’t play the game, then you’re irrelevant. (Think Ron Paul.)
It’s like what FDR said. He was credited with saying, “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.”