Democrats In Minnesota Blink, Will Democrats In Washington Do The Same?
Rob Port • July 14, 2011
In Minnesota, it looks like an end to the government shut down may be nigh. Democrat Governor Mark Dayton has blinked, saying that he’ll agree to the last budget offer from Republicans in exchange for some concessions. While Dayton’s proposal would reduce Minnesota’s deficit without tax hikes, it would also stop any meaningful spending reforms from happening (case in point, downsizing the government through the reduction of the state payroll).
By blinking Dayton spoke volumes. The government shut down was not playing well for him politically. If the shut down had been hurting Republicans, Dayton could have sat on his hands and let Republicans come to him with concessions. Instead, the opposite happened. Dayton shut down the government over these tax hikes. Then he back tracked and gave up on it.
“Dayton must have thought that his class-warfare schtick would sell with the same Minnesotans that put Republicans in charge of the legislature for the first time ever,” writes Ed Morrissey. “He had just started a tour of the state to sell his side of the shutdown; one can only presume that the feedback was less positive than Dayton imagined.”
The lesson from this for national Republicans is that it is possible to win a political fight with Democrats over a government shut down.
Dayton shut down the government over demands for higher taxes on “the rich.” Obama, too, is willing to shut down the national government if his demands for tax hikes on “the rich” aren’t met.
Republicans in Minnesota refused to agree to tax hikes at a time of economic stagnation and uncertainty. Republicans, nationally, are making this same argument.
The national GOP should take a lesson from the Minnesota GOP. Stick to your guns and you can win