“Perhaps the most unconcealed aspect of American politics is the obvious gall with which politicians secretly try to secure reelection” -Daniel Jun, speaker of quotes and claimer of random years since 2013.
An upcoming government shutdown is creating a divide between Republican senators. This shutdown, scheduled to happen at the end of September, has elicited both support and vehement rejection. This vehemence specifically stems from two Republican senators, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. The two claim that having a government shutdown would only hinder the Republican Party, but there are realistic queries as to their motive, namely reelection. And this cynical worry is actually bolstered with hard evidence.
The article states that “the GOP paid no political price in the 2014 election for shutting down the government in 2013… it is not irrational of [Cruz, a Republican in favor of the government shutdown] to think that shutting down the government will be a cost-free endeavor (from a GOP political perspective).”
However, there are several aspects of election that may make the government shutdown less than simple for the Republicans. In presidential election years more Democrats tend to be politically active, meaning that a 2016 government shutdown could have unexpected consequences. In addition, Johnson is a weak candidate in his state, so a shutdown may actually create negative results while not affecting those already in good standing with their constituents. This is also the second government shutdown in two years, and the cumulative effect that this could have is completely unknown. Finally, the Republicans are attempting to gain control “over the House, the Senate, and the White House, simultaneously, for the first time in a decade” and Democrats may be less than happy with this grab for power.
Is a government shutdown really a good idea? And, as a side note because this came up earlier in the article, should we have elected officials who can run for as long as they are reelected?
Link to the article here.