Breitbart website supporting Sen. Ted Cruz (R) of Texas and his effort
to defund Obamacare. It’s vintage Palin — she refers to “peanut
gallery pundits,” and “Capitol Hill cowards” among other
alliterations. But the part that’s perhaps getting the most attention
is her advice to Republicans: “Woman up, stand your ground, and fight
like a girl!”
OK, we’ll bite — what’s she saying here, and why?
First, Ms. Palin’s theme as a whole: Senator Cruz and his supporters
are fighting the good fight against a health-care reform law Americans
don’t support. But instead of supporting Cruz and his “liberty-loving
posse” in their attempt to stop “Obama’s train wreck,” the Republican
establishment in Washington is running the other way.
“The permanent political class in DC is nothing if not gutless and
rudderless,” writes Palin.
Anonymous sources are backstabbing Cruz in the press, says the former
Alaska governor, while the permanent political class worries that the
media will blame Republicans for a government shutdown if the fight
over the president’s signature domestic achievement leads to that.
“Here’s a little newsflash, GOP establishment: Whenever anything bad
happens, the media blames Republicans for it,” writes Palin. “That’s
not an excuse to roll over and play dead. It’s a call to follow the
advice I give my daughters: Woman up, stand your ground, and fight
like a girl!”
So “woman up” is her rallying cry, one that seems T-shirt-ready if
accompanied by a drawing of Palin brandishing a hockey stick. But
we’ve got an addendum here: it’s possible the GOP wouldn’t actually
take the brunt of blame for a shutdown, despite Palin’s prediction.
That’s what a new poll indicates, in any case. The just-released Pew
survey indicates that 39 percent of respondents would blame GOP in a
shutdown, and 36 would blame the Obama administration. That’s
basically a tossup since the results are within the survey’s margin of
“If the federal government shuts down because Republicans and the
Obama administration fail to agree on a budget, there will be plenty
of blame to go around,” writes the Pew Center for People & the Press.
Now, this is just one poll. Others have produced different results: A
CNN poll in early September put the possible blame burden at 51
percent on the Republicans, and 33 percent on Obama.
But if nothing else the Pew poll is a reminder that predicting blame
for an event that hasn’t yet happened is not straightforward. If it
comes to a shutdown, the public could well frame its opinion on the
particular circumstances which led to the impasse, not on what
happened during the President Clinton versus Speaker Newt Gingrich
shutdown of 1995.