Have you ever noticed that whenever the subject is a possible government shutdown, even the talking heads on the Right side define it as caused by Congressional Republican? It's inevitable even though it takes both political sides to create that impasse. Such is the importance of defining the narrative.
The truth of the matter is this. Democrats routinely say that Republicans are going to "shutdown government" because Republicans won't sign on to irresponsibly spending money the federal treasury doesn't have, and in fact, most likely won't have in our grand-children's lifetime.
So, why don't the Republicans use the power of defining the narrative to paint any threat of a government shutdown as the failure of the Democrat Party to reign in frivolous and special interest spending and government waste spending?
Why not frame the narrative as Republicans preventing Democrats from causing tax increases; tax increases that would be necessary id Democrats got their way each time they talk about governm,ent shutdowns?
Each and every voter in the United States abhors wasteful government spending and tax increases. Hanging that albatross around the congressional Democrats' neck would shift the blame for government shutdowns from obstructionist Republicans to spendthrift Democrats.
So why not frame it as a Democrat refusal to not tax and spend? Because Republicans suck at messaging and capturing the narrative...they just suck at it!