I have been somewhat reluctant to write about the criminal idiocy that is controlling our Congress since the shutdown. There are so many out there who are speaking out far more eloquently than I might. Turn on C-Span and listen to the testimony about all the government services lost and all the individuals being hurt by the narcissistic cowards in charge. Or listen to Jon Stewart's nightly rants on the absurdity.
Unfortunately, the media continues to give legitimacy to this asinine process. I heard someone on a panel ruminate that Obama would have to give something in return for getting something, that something being the end to the government shutdown and raising of the debt ceiling. You know, in order for the House republicans to be able to save face.
Basically, this is like handing the school bully a couple of dollars if he agrees not to steal lunch money for a couple of weeks. In fact, the behavior we have witnessed since John Boehner's first "Hell, no!" is no better than middle school tantrums.
And we -- the administration, the American people, the media -- have been treating this bad behavior in a way that has perpetuated it. We have first of all paid attention to it, with media focusing on every brat-attack by the Tea Party since their bizarre inception. Then we have rewarded them by voting their loudest and stupidest into office. And then our ostensible leaders have all been cowed by the idiots, from Boehner fearing for his Speakership to Obama's early attempts to compromise, to Mitch McConnell's recent comical avoidance of expressing an opinion and our own Lindsey Graham's waving his guns around in attempts to ward off that fearsome "challenge from the right."
Meanwhile, the media appears to not have noticed that the tide is turning. Big business has noted that shutting down the government in order to kill Obamacare has not been good for their health. Wall Street has woken up to the fact that government spending is an essential force for the good in our economy and their continuing accumulation of riches. Even the Democrats are aware that the party of greed and fools has gone too far.
And nearly last on the train is the Americans who cheered on the Tea Party, who have finally noticed that cutting all that wasteful government spending could actually affect them as well.
Typically looking backwards, and fearing that oh-so-2010 challenge from the right, the radical wing-nuts of the republican party haven't noticed, or have no idea what to do with the fact of their increasing unpopularity. Like the bully, the only possible response in their limited repertoire is to hit harder.
I imagine they might be surprised to find that the challengers that take them down in 2014 are going to be the moderates, you know, the ones that sound like they want to try to make government work.
And the media will probably realize this just about the same time.