Monday, April 04, 2011

In a world where perception is reality and where perception is the product of presentation, then the loser of the budget fight is going to be the side that does the worst job of making its case to the American people.

Put another way, the GOP can win the fight if it makes the Democrats appear to be the ones who are the ones screwing around.... as in, 'wehttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif'd have a budget but for the Democrats refusal to do X and Y'....

And that is exactly the approach the GOP should take with the Democrats threat to filibuster any budget that doesn't fund Planned Parenthood. Far from being a problem, this is an opportunity for the GOP.

All they need to do is to relentlessly push the theme that the Democrats would rather shut down government and close the parks and post offices and deny paychecks to hundreds of thousands of government workers than to strip funding for a favored special interest group. And the GOP should not hesitate to add a whole bunch of other cuts into the mix (a win-win for the GOP, they get to cut even more of the liberal wishlist and they insulate themselves from charges that they are singling out a particular group).

If that isn't the picture of rigid ideology on the part of the Democrats, the kind of partisanship the voters profess to hate, what is?

And the GOP needs to move fast to stake out this claim... if they don't, the Democrats will try to turn the tables by claiming that the GOP is the side willing to shut down government if they don't get to implement their radical agenda.

This is what the GOP should do. Of course, being as tactically inept as they are, I am not holding my breath that they will do so.