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The strategy of Obama & Reid

| Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

In the showdown over the shutdown of the U.S. government, the Obamaites tipped their hand in revealing their strategy.

Taking a page from Saul Alinsky's “Rules for Radicals,” the plan is to maximize the people's pain — to maximize the political damage to the enemy, the Republican Party.

Consider this: Asked Wednesday if there were any danger of America defaulting on her debt, President Obama rushed to assure a reporter that, yes, indeed, there certainly is such a peril.

Obama's tactic worked. On Thursday, the Dow plunged below 15,000.

Equally telling is what happened at the World War II Memorial. This is an open memorial on the mall, to which the old soldiers of the Greatest Generation, flown here on honor flights, come to a last roll call with their comrades.

But when the old soldiers got there, the Park Service, apparently acting on orders from the White House complex, had thrown up steel barriers and crime-scene tape to keep them from visiting the site on what is surely the last trip many will ever make to see their memorial.

What kind of sick mind does something like that?

To their credit, the vets and their families pulled aside the barriers, singing songs in memory of the heroes who had gone before.

Undeniably, Republicans have voted to defund ObamaCare, then to suspend it for one year, then to reform it. But in each of these three votes, the House also voted to fund the entire government.

Why, then, is the government shut down? Because Harry Reid and Barack Obama have issued an edict: Either ObamaCare is untouched in the continuing resolution, or we kill the CR, shut down the government and blame you.

And this is exactly what is happening.

This is all about a petulant president whose prize program the people do not want, but who insists it be imposed upon them to assure himself a paragraph in the history books.

This week, Republicans tried to pass legislation that would keep open all memorials and monuments, all tourist sites in Washington, D.C., and all programs for America's veterans.

Who stonewalled that? Harry Reid and Barack Obama.

The Obama-Reid strategy is, in a word, sadistic. And it can only succeed in sustaining the Big Lie — that Republicans want to keep the government shut down — because of a collaborationist press.

Several days ago, The Washington Post wailed that Republicans were endangering the nation's health by failing to fund the National Institutes of Health. But now that the Republican House has tried to fund NIH in full, where is the editorial denouncing Nancy Pelosi or Reid for blocking funding for NIH? Nowhere.

The Obama-Reid strategy — inflict maximum pain on the country for maximum gain for themselves coupled with a refusal to talk with the GOP — reflects this city's contempt for conservative Republicans.

Yet, the strategy of Obama and Reid and the poisonous atmosphere it has created are telling America that in the assessment of this city's ruling establishment, the tea party has more than a small point.

With Reid now on the defensive, trying to justify his refusal to cooperate in funding any agency, the truth may be gaining on the Big Lie.

Pat Buchanan is the author of “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?”

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