Misplaced Blame: The Democrats are setting up the Republicans to be the party responsible for a federal shutdown, should one occur. Of course the media will go along for the ride, just as in 1995 and 1996.
Polls, in some cases more than 2-1, showed the public blamed the subsequent shutdowns — one in November 1995, the other from Dec. 16, 1995 to Jan. 6, 1996 — on the Republicans. The fact that the public believed as it did is nearly inexplicable, since it was the GOP that passed the spending bill and a Democrat who vetoed it.
But there is an explanation. The media used its power to convince the public that somehow the man who rejected the legislation that would have kept the government running was not responsible for the shutdowns.
Sixteen years later, the possibility of another federal shutdown looms again.
With the fiscal year ending after Friday, (some) lawmakers are hoping a continuing resolution will keep the federal government running through Nov. 18.
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