Democrats have an easy argument to make. Republicans control the House, Senate, and White House; they can pass anything they want. If the government is not funded, it is obviously the fault of Republicans.
In other words, Democrats are betting that a majority of Americans do not know how the government actually works.
The Democrats’ strategy revolves completely around the hope that no one mentions their filibuster of the funding appropriations. Republicans have a majority in the Senate, but not the super majority required to break the 60 vote threshold needed to actually vote on the spending bill. If Democrats ended their filibuster, Republicans would immediately pass the spending bill to reopen the government and fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years.
This is especially bold considering the Democrats are simultaneously admitting they will not let the continuing resolution to fund the government pass until a bill is included to legalize illegal immigrants who came to America as children. To be clear, this is Democrats admitting they made the decision to shut down the government while blaming Republicans at the very same time.
So what does Sen. Schumer really think of his strategy? During the last government shutdown in 2013, Schumer said:
I believe in immigration reform. What if I persuaded my caucus to say I’m going to shut the government down, I’m going to not pay our bills unless I get my way. It’s a politics of idiocy, of confrontation, of paralysis.
Five years ago, Schumer gave an example of a Democrat shutdown to explain how awful shutdowns are, and now he is doing exactly what he talked about.
He was right the first time. It is the politics of idiocy.