When the going got tough, Harry Reid took the day off:

“I’m glad now to invite to the microphone our distinguished majority leader in the Senate,” said Rep. Bill Johnson of Ohio, gesturing to an empty microphone as House members guffawed. “I’m sorry, Harry’s not here today. Maybe he’ll show up later.”

The conventional wisdom has been that Republicans will get blamed if there’s a protacted government shutdown. I’ve agreed with that conventional wisdom until now. It’s too early to tell whether that’s still the case.

Still, the Democrats’ unwillingness to negotiate on anything has created an opportunity for Republicans to exploit. That’s precisely what Republicans are doing. This morning on Fox News Sunday, Rep. Kevin McCarthy got in a shot against Sen. Reid and President Obama in the same sentence, saying that “We are not shutting the government down. While the president was out playing golf [Saturday], we were here until 1 a.m. We will pass a bill that reflects this House. … I think they’ll be additions that Democrats can support.”

Cathy McMorris-Rodgers added this during a press conference on the steps in front of the abandoned Senate building:

“Today we see where the Senate doors are shut,” said conference Chairwoman and Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. “Harry Reid says that a shutdown is inevitable.”

‘Where’s Harry’ is justified. He’s taken a my-way-or-the-highway approach to funding the government. Whether you’re liberal, conservative or somewhere in between, it isn’t reasonable to think that the Democrats don’t have to negotiate with the GOP. For the better part of a month, President Obama and Sen. Reid have taken the approach that they’ll dictate the terms of the continuing resolution. They’ve said that Republicans are anarchists and racists for attempting to kill a bill that’s hurting families and businesses. Here’s a partial transcript of Chris Wallace’s interview with Rep. Kevin McCarthy, (R-Calif.):

WALLACE: OK, assume for the sake of this discussion —


WALLACE: — that they reject it. As they say they’re going to reject.

What will the House do then?

MCCARTHY: I think the House will get back together and in enough time send another provision not to shut the government down, but to fund it, and it will have a few other options in there for the Senate to look at it again.

Look, when you look at what has transpired since ObamaCare has moved forward, we’ve created more than 840,000 jobs in this country — more than 90 percent of them have been part-time because of ObamaCare. That creates a part-time economy, part-time opportunities. And in the end, it creates a part-time America.

That is why you find that we will fund the government and still ask for delaying the movement of ObamaCare.

The DC media is failing the American people. They’re speculating whether there will be a government shutdown. With the exception of Fox, nobody’s talked about whether the Affordable Care Act, aka the PPACA, is turning the U.S. into Part-Time Nation.

Hint: It has. In fact, it’s indisputable. The statistics don’t lie, though, admittedly, the administration has told Americans that this doesn’t have anything to do with their policies. The facts speak for themselves. The Democrats’ policies have directly contributed to the creation of tens of thousands of part-time jobs.

Sen. Reid’s insistence on not negotiating with Republicans implies that the Democrats’ spending, taxing and regulatory policies are contributing to a prospering economy. With GDP at 2.5% and real unemployment in double digits, the American people emphatically disagree. They know the economy isn’t heading in the right direction.

The Democrats’ insistence on not negotiating means that they own the economic trainwreck, the high unemployment and the disaster known as the Affordable Care Act, aka the PPACA. By taking Sunday off with a shutdown looming, Democrats have earned the blame for a government shutdown if it happens.

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