Democrats Taunt Republicans Ahead of Debt-Ceiling Votes

DCCC spikes the football on the 5-yard line, Twitter-trolling the GOP before the deal is done.

Arian Foster of the Houston Texans celebrates a fourth quarter touchdown while playing the Detroit Lions on Nov. 22, 2012.
National Journal
Matt Vasilogambros
Oct. 16, 2013, 1:15 p.m.

Neither the House nor the Sen­ate has passed a bill to re­open the gov­ern­ment and in­crease the debt ceil­ing, but Demo­crats are already spik­ing the foot­ball.

Polling shows Amer­ic­ans are primar­ily blam­ing Re­pub­lic­ans for the gov­ern­ment shut­down, and gen­er­al sup­port for the Re­pub­lic­an Party has fallen sharply in re­cent weeks. Demo­crats are eager — and early — to cel­eb­rate a per­ceived polit­ic­al vic­tory.

The Demo­crat­ic Con­gres­sion­al Cam­paign Com­mit­tee took to Twit­ter just be­fore 2 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, ask­ing fol­low­ers which song Speak­er John Boehner, R-Ohio, would play at a Re­pub­lic­an caucus meet­ing. Since then, the DCCC has tweeted dozens of song titles, in­clud­ing: 

All By My­self, Eric Car­men: ht­tp://t.co/HrZd5TXN­pt #GOPplayl­ist

— DCCC (@dccc) Oc­to­ber 16, 2013

Born to Lose - Ray Charles ht­tp://t.co/PVN­CIIekYy #GOPplayl­ist #GOPshut­down

— WV Demo­crat­ic Party (@wv­demo­crats) Oc­to­ber 16, 2013

It’s Rain­ing Men, The Weath­er Girls: ht­tp://t.co/hb5LT2gH3y #GOPplayl­ist

— DCCC (@dccc) Oc­to­ber 16, 2013

@dccc “Send in the Clowns” #GOPplayl­ist

— Ash­ley Slye Steph­ens (@Ash­ley_Steph­ens) Oc­to­ber 16, 2013

Chain of Fools #GOPplayl­ist

— Schnitzer­ella (@Schnitzer­ella) Oc­to­ber 16, 2013

The idea was in­spired by re­ports that Re­pub­lic­ans played “Amaz­ing Grace” be­fore a meet­ing on Tues­day.

Any deal that re­opens the gov­ern­ment and in­creases the debt ceil­ing will rely heav­ily on Re­pub­lic­an votes, and Demo­crats are bet­ting that their early cel­eb­ra­tion won’t lead the GOP to back out. They’re also bet­ting that the Amer­ic­an pub­lic won’t be turned off by the sight of pub­licly glee­ful par­tis­ans cel­eb­rat­ing while the coun­try is still locked in a wildly un­pop­u­lar shut­down.

But thus is the life of these groups: In days dur­ing the shut­down, both the Demo­crat­ic Na­tion­al Com­mit­tee and the Re­pub­lic­an Na­tion­al Com­mit­tee have sent out emails to re­port­ers cri­ti­ciz­ing the oth­er side’s po­s­i­tions and ac­tions.

Polit­ics don’t stop in Wash­ing­ton — not be­fore a deal, not dur­ing it, and cer­tainly not after.

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