I’m fascinated with the press coverage of the government shutdown.
I’m always looking for examples of media dysfunction, and this is a big one.
I came across the following two stories that make it obvious who’s to blame for the shutdown. Yet the media can’t quite come out and say it. Based on polls, the public is getting it, loud and clear.
CNN: Forty-three percent of those questioned say they have a favorable view of the Democratic Party … the GOP rating (is now) 32%. 31% percent say they see the tea party in a favorable light.
Yes, it looks like the Republicans are now as popular as the least among them, the idiot tea party.
Republicans are to blame, no question about it. In this almost comical statement, Rep. John Boehner whines Obama won’t negotiate, won’t give an inch, all the while saying his party won’t back down or give an inch. It’s only unfair when Obama does it.
TPM: "It's my way or the highway. That's what he's saying. Complete surrender and then we'll talk to you," he said Sunday, referring to President Barack Obama's refusal to make concessions simply to keep the government open. He repeatedly insisted the shutdown won't end unless Obama and Senate Democrats back down, and repeatedly hammered Obamacare.
But then I read this article:
WonkBlog: Members of the Republican establishment are agog. Cruz “pushed House Republicans into traffic and wandered away,” said conservative stalwart Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. The reason the establishment has such trouble with the tea party is that the tea party really, truly means it. They don’t want to cut a deal. They don’t want to get the most that they reasonably can.
"My way or the highway?" So instead of calling it a draw, and ending the shutdown, anti-government tea party Republicans win by ending government as we know it, piece by piece, six weeks by six weeks, funding bill by funding bill, debt ceiling to debt ceiling.
Talk about uncertainty.