..all of us need to stop focusing on the lobbyists and bloggers and the talking heads on radio, and the professional activists who profit off conflict..At least he's not blaming Uncle Jim anymore. But wait, did he suggest bloggers are bad and should not be focused on? Say it ain't so!
Seriously, does anyone take this stuff seriously anymore?
Remember, we were promised that all bills out of Congress would be held up 72 hours after passage so the peeps could get a look at them before signing. We were promised an end to earmarks. We were promised a new tone and the end of business as usual. We've received pretty much none of that yet. And even in this latest showdown we were told by the president and Harry Reid that they would accept nothing less than a "clean" CR and Debt Ceiling increase or no deal. Now everyone sees the earmarks and special favors in the bill, of which there will be no explanation. Business as usual.
The purpose of the shutdown was to take a chink out of Obamacare and in that respect it failed. But it was also to send a message--not only to the president and Senate Democrats but to the establishment Republicans who sneeringly want to maintain business as usual and who look down their noses at the average Americans who support the Tea Party because they are worried about their future. In that context it was a success because now the public knows exactly where everyone stands and what their representatives are really made of, something empty words after the fact cannot change.