Edge of Chaos is a political podcast starring Joe Ryan and Neurotoxin. Its aim is to have a free-flowing discussion of news and current events that also examines the empirical outcomes of public policy, avoiding biases based on ideology and policy intentions. Listener discretion is both advised and encouraged.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

24 Hours Of Shutdown....

24 hours into this shutdown, what have we learned?

- A minority of Americans, particularly those impacted such as Federal employees are very vocal and anxious that their paychecks will be withheld, but they don't appear to necessarily blame one side over the other.
- Democrats continue to focus almost exclusively on narrative control; trying desperately to hang this around Republicans' necks while being equally stubborn.
- Republicans are defined by their infighting between the conservative majority insisting the issues are worth their stubbornness and a small fringe of moderates seeking compromise.
- A coalition of different minorities is delighted by the shutdown for various reasons, many exaggerating it to mean there is now no government or parroting the issue stances of conservative Republicans.

Without any kind of endorsement, I would say my prediction was accurate and Republicans are winning politically. Their affiliated minority is radically with them, whereas that of the Democrats is less taking sides and just wishing it would end.


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