It is astonishing that after the elections on October 15 we will harvest what the black-blue government sowed in 2000-2006. Not diametrically but head on. We are witnessing the demise of the social democratic ideal, something which the great German liberal thinker Ralf Dahrendorf already foresaw in the eighties of the last century. Paradoxically this is taking place in their struggle against the “right”, aka the party decision against a coalition with blue.
Can you remember the “Shutdown”. That was in autumn 2013 when the Republicans voted to block the budget for 2013 in order to (amongst other things) derail Obamacare. In addition there was the risk of the global power USA going bankrupt because the right wing of the party, the so-called Tea Party, linked increasing the debt ceiling with the demand for delaying Obamacare. The US would no longer be creditworthy. A state bankruptcy threatened. 800,000 federal servants could temporarily not be paid. Washington shut down…..