Responsible citizens that you are, a lot of you will be write and phone your media outlets in the next couple of weeks to correct their lazy coverage of the government shutdown. Did crazy people on both sides make it happen? No, they didn’t. John Boehner did it because the tea party made him do it, and the tea party made him do it because (a) they want a fight more than they want any particular policy solution, and (b) they run the GOP now.
It seems silly to gather evidence for something so obvious, but you might as well start now. Via David Neiwert, here is a vid of Mike Pence leading his merry men in a chant for shutdown.
Via TPM, here is a vid of a Bachmann rally where a guy, holding a sign that says “Shut ‘er Down!”, claims that he doesn’t want a shutdown. Behind him the crowd chants “Shut ‘er Down!”.
The Washington Post reports here that the Congressional GOP caucus gave Boehner a standing ovation when he told them to get ready for a government shutdown.
People will tell you that Democrats wanted the shutdown, made it happen, that they’re to blame. Stifle the urge to laugh and bring this up instead.