I know that I already wrote about this guy, but:
“You’re a minority. You’re a minority in Congress and you’re a minority in the country,” [John McCain staffer Mark Salter] lectured the tea party wing ahead of the ill-fated government shutdown of 2013. “So go ahead and follow Sarah Palin. Let’s put the Senate on Cruz control. Let’s shame those squishes to the firing line. Filibuster the bill. Let Harry Reid pull it off the Senate floor. Shut down the government. I think you’ll find the Democrats you expected to yield to the persuasive power of your kamikaze tactics are only too happy to test your resolve.”
“Minority in the country?” Well, let’s see how we did in the 2014 elections, then.
- +9 seats in the Senate.
- +13 seats in the House.
- +1 governor’s seats (even counting the 2013 VA loss), including gains in IL, MA, and MD; and retaining FL, KS, & ME.
- +9 branches of the state legislatures.
…I do not think that phrase means what Mark Salter thinks that it means.
PS: Not that every shutdown will get us that result, more’s the pity. Some shutdowns might even actually hurt us. But the inherent political foolishness of shutdowns is not the no-brainer that the media pretends that it is.
PPS: Noah’s a good guy, so please go easy on him for the ‘ill-fated’ bit. It did probably hurt Ken Cuccinelli, which is of course a shame and a tragedy. I’d certainly rather see him there in Richmond than McAuliffe…