Republicans are Playing into Obama's Hands with Obamacare Fight

Written by Bryan Schott on . Posted in Today At Utah Policy

A government shutdown and debt limit brinksmanship is exactly what Barack Obama is hoping for - because Republicans are falling into his trap.

Pat Choate, who was Ross Perot's running mate in 1996, writes at the Huffington Post Congressional Republicans are running head-first into a political buzzsaw that could throw control of Congress to the Democrats for the next decade or more.

Choate says Obama is "taunting" Tea Party Republicans by refusing to negotiate with them over Obamacare. If the GOP continues to make threats over defaulting on the national debt, he will likely use the 14th Amendment option to raise the debt ceiling without Congressional approval, which could lead to an impeachment.

If that happens, Choate argues it will be really bad juju for the GOP in 2014 and beyond.

A Democratically controlled Senate, backed up with votes of centrist Republicans, such as John McCain, will never convict the President. But the drama will sear into the public's mind just before the 2014 mid-term elections that today's Republican Party is unable to govern responsibly.

In turn, the Democrats are likely to make a massive sweep in the 2014 mid-term elections. With a strong majority in both the Senate and House, President Obama will then be able to complete his agenda in the 114th Congress and also put another Democrat into the White House in the 2016 election, thereby preserving Obamacare and the rest of his legacy.

Democratic victories in 2016 will also allow President Obama and his Democrat successor to create a more liberal Supreme Court over the next 7 to 11 years, which can reverse some of that Court's worse recent decisions, such as allowing corporations to contribute to political campaigns.