Monday, October 21, 2013

Choose a silver lining

As many people have noted, thanks to the over-gerrymandered House, there's very little chance that the Democrats will take a majority of seats in the 2014 elections. Polls like these are nice, but the midterms are too far away for the House GOP's current numbers to make any real difference.

The only realistic scenario for the Democrats winning the House is if the Republicans do another government shutdown and/or almost-default again closer to the election. Which is what at least some Republicans are planning to do, although others seem pretty determined to make sure that doesn't happen (probably because they see the same consequences for the 2014 election as I do).

So who will win the tug-of-war? Will we have to endure one (or two or three or more) more fake crises, but get a Democratic House at the end of a long stupid year? Or will we avoid any more fake crises but have to put up with the current divided government at least through 2016? Which silver lining do we get? Which one would you prefer?

(via Memeorandum)