Live mic catches Senators McConnell and Paul talking strategy
An interesting glimpse into the machinations that go into political messaging. Rand Paul believes, as McConnell does, that if they keep saying they're willing to compromise (when all evidence is to the contrary) that this will be enough to sway public opinion because Democrats and the President have said they won't negotiate on the government shutdown.
After finishing an interview with CNN, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul ran into Senator Mitch McConnell, who was waiting for an interview of his own.
In front of a camera, with a microphone on, the two Kentucky leaders talked strategy.
Senator Paul began, "Do you have a second?"
"I'm all wired up here, um," Senator McConnell replied.
"I just did CNN and I just go over and over again 'We're willing to compromise. 'We're willing to negotiate.' I think... I don't think they poll tested we won't negotiate. I think it's awful for them to say that over and over again," Paul said.
"Yeah, I do too and I, and I just came back from that two hour meeting with them and that, and that was basically the same view privately as it was publically," McConnell agreed.
Paul added, "I think if we keep saying 'We wanted to defund it. We fought for that and that we're willing to compromise on this', I think they can't, we're gonna, I think... well I know we don't want to be here, but we're gonna win this I think."
Judd Legum of Think Progress captured the absurdity of this type of thinking on twitter yesterday. Polling shows no evidence that Democrats are being blamed for intransigence on this one.