Oye. Let’s say this is true. It’s still the Republicans / Tea Party that caused the shutdown over their consistent and doomed-to-failure attempts to defund the Affordable Care Act and refusal to submit a clean budget. Okay, I’m getting ahead of myself.
World Net Daily’s Washington news editor, Garth Kant,
penned typed the article, “Bombshell: White House Planned Shutdown.” He claims that Ed Klein claims that President Obama’s advisor, Valerie Jarrett, “developed a strategy to force a showdown with Republicans over Obamcare. … He said Jarrett’s advice to Obama was, “[D]o not cooperate one iota on Obamacare. Don’t give an inch. Let the Republicans stew in their own juice.” … Klein added, “Republicans walked into a trap set up by Valerie Jarrett and President Obama.””
As evidence, we have this: “Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, believes there was evidence in plain view that the administration planned the shutdown in advance. Gohmert told Fox News that on the eve of the shutdown, Sept. 30, the administration already had barricades and cones in place. “They had worked out in advance they were closing these things down.” The congressman said “that’s the only thing that explains” why the White House turned down their proposals and compromises.”
As I said, “oye.” Where to begin? As I said, let’s say this is 100% true. Republicans could have easily avoided a shutdown by not making the Affordable Care Act a condition of all the funding bills they were passing up to the shutdown that were DOA with the Senate and DOA with the White House. They could have made it a condition of the debt ceiling negotiations. Or, just used their other normal obnoxious delay tactics or tried to pass other legislation or SOMETHING without falling into such an obvious trap.
As for Gohmert, let’s see. His evidence is that they were – *gasp* – planning for this ahead of time. By an entire evening!!!! I remember reading news articles days before the shutdown about federal agencies planning for what may happen. Heck, I was planning for the shutdown because I was co-leading a field trip to a national park during what might be the shutdown, and I was making alternative plans just in case. As a “smoking gun,” (WND’s term), this is sorely lacking.
Meanwhile, as one might expect, this particular article was very popular with WND patrons. Posted three days ago, it now has 367 ratings for an average score of 4.43/5. It also has 789 comments. I don’t really see any point in getting into the comments … as I said, they’re what you’d expect for WND with this kind of subject matter.