From the red corner stands the recent middleweight champion of the U.S. House, the Republican Party. And in the blue corner stands the former heavyweight champion and current lightweight champion of the U.S. Senate, the Democratic Party.
The contest is on as the two battle it out to claim the title of the loudest, proudest, and most obstructionist Party to save the country from the other Party’s obstructionism.
Leading the battle is Speaker of the House John Boehner for the GOP and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for the Democrats.
Each side has a host of moves, but the audience has become increasingly aware of what they’re capable of.
The fight is over a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government for the next fiscal year – Oct. 1, 2013 thru Sep. 30, 2014.
Democrats say they’re ready to do so, but the GOP has employed it’s stick and move tactic.
Republicans have said that they will not support a CR without concessions from Democrats first. These concessions include partially delaying and/or defunding the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and/or cuts to entitlement programs.
Democrats in the Senate say they will not support such concessions.
So what do we have here? A toe-to-toe match which will likely end in an all-out knock-out.
Pundits are already reporting a sharp decline in GOP fundraising efforts as well as a national consensus that the GOP is at fault. However, some considerations should be noted.
The GOP-controlled House took control in 2010 when voters gave the GOP 63 seats in the U.S. House in a landslide election as a response to the Affordable Care Act.
So, in some sense, Republicans are making good on campaign promises to fight against “Obamacare” which gives them political capital in districts where the GOP is viewed as “sticking to their guns.”
The same notion can be applied to the duly elected Democrats in the Senate who are also “sticking to their guns” by fighting for the Affordable Care Act.
What’s more is that the negotiations are being led by the leaders of each fight rather than by moderate Democrats and Republicans working together.
We’ve found ourselves in a situation where we have elected Democrats to fight the Democratic cause and Republicans to fight the GOP cause, but we’ve left out the key to the equation: moderate Democrats and Republicans to foster national compromises.
Without these moderates stepping up to weaken the leaders in the fight, it is going to last until everyone’s knocked-out: the government, the economy, and then the nation. It is up to each voter in each district to ask his or her representative to step up and to call this match to a split draw between the Parties and declare the winner as the American People.