In destroying Romney in the 2012 election, the Obama campaign won a second term. But they also ruined Obama's positive image and once-hopeful message, and the result is that he now has no mandate for the second term. A majority of the public disapproves of ObamaCare. His agenda on guns and immigration is going nowhere. His environmental agenda is dead on Capitol Hill, and he can use only limited executive branch maneuvers.
This is why he wants a shutdown. He needs a new Congress to revive his agenda. He knows the previous political dynamic would not provide such an election, and he is now enabling a shutdown by not preventing it or providing any leadership whatsoever.
I can understand why Obama would resist defunding or repealing his signature domestic accomplishment.
But why are Democrats exempting Congress, their employees and White House staff from ObamaCare while the American people aren't exempt? Why won't the White House accept the repeal of the medical device tax, which has had broad bipartisan support? How does the White House justify unconstitutionally giving big business a one-year delay of the ObamaCare mandate but they choose to shut down the government when the same one-year delay for individuals is passed by House Republicans?
Enough is enough.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is the least effective Senate majority leader in my lifetime. He would be a better fit as Democratic National Committee chairman, where his irresponsibility wouldn't harm the country. He refuses to pass appropriations bills, take up and amend House-passed legislation, negotiate on major legislative items or bow to the political reality that the Senate requires 60 votes (and he has only 54) and the House majority is Republican.
Nobody wanted a government shutdown - except the White House.
Fine. It's time Republicans stand up and fight, whether they want to or not. People are hurting, and the country is headed in the wrong direction.
Obama cares only about 2014. It's time Republicans fought for conservative principles today and consider the politics of 2014 later.