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Glib contrarianism at its most most naked (in WaPo).

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  1. 1
    Robin G. says:

    No… sense… making… must… find… sense…

  2. 2
    Chyron HR says:

    Okay, since you need the sequester, we’re cutting your pay by 50%. Happy?

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    Dave says:

    Maybe it’s like, uh, good news for people who love bad news?

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    MomSense says:

    @Dave:

    Backwards day?

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    Hill Dweller says:

    Cillizza is just dutifully amplifying the wingnuts new talking point.

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    Sophist says:

    Future Cillizza column titles:

    Getting your dick slammed in a car door: is it REALLY all that bad?

    Necrotizing Fasciitis: an underappreciated weight-loss regime?

    Getting struck by lightning: six reasons you should reconsider avoiding it.

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    askew says:

    So is the Senate or House going to do anything this week to stop the Sequester or have they given up governing completely?

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Could he be any more nakedly desperate to shield the Republicans from their own mistakes? Oh, sure, everyone’s saying the Republican-pushed sequester will be bad, but maybe it won’t be so bad!

    Didn’t Cilizza come out with some other Republican-protecting story last week? I’m blanking on what it was, but we were all snarking on it.

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    Robin G. says:

    @askew: I could be wrong, but it looks like both sides have gone all-in on playing chicken. But Obama’s got the stronger hand: he’s won re-election, all the polls say this is a loser for the GOP, and — most importantly — what the Republicans are proposing is arguably worse than the sequester. He has no reason to swerve.

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    Hill Dweller says:

    @askew: Dems in the House and Senate have made their own proposals. The WH has made a proposal. The wingnuts got nuthin’, because they want to tear the country down.

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    danielx says:

    Only phrase that comes to mind is “kind of a reach”.

    A very long one.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    I was just thinking that the real clusterfuck that people feel immediately (or hear about from friends and family and have sympathy anger about) is the airport thing– commercial air travel, it can actually get worse!–, especially as we head into spring break season, and that it’s the tote bagger/upper middle class types/east coasters who are going to feel that most immediately, and it seems to me political journalists hit all kinds of overlap of those groups

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    Pinkamena Panic says:

    Chris Cillizza

    Welp, now, looks like we found yer problem. Now, th’ hard part’s gonna be fixin’ it…

    But for serious, someone please put that fucking hack out of work so he can get to his real calling: sucking dick for booze money in filthy bus station bathrooms.

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    Andrew Sullivan was saying something similar last week. Its a stupid option but he stills support it.

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    Violet says:

    @danielx: Reach around?

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    srv says:

    Our nihilists are stronger than their nihilists. And none of us fly anyway because FREEDOM! and Elderberry screenings.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: But will it? I’m looking for the airports that are going to affected, and it looks like nothingburger. OMG – Ohio State University Airport is going to go without air traffic controllers. O.K. Then the basketball team can use Columbus International. Maybe I’m missing something on the LaHood announcement.

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    askew says:

    @Hill Dweller:

    @askew: Dems in the House and Senate have made their own proposals. The WH has made a proposal. The wingnuts got nuthin’, because they want to tear the country down.

    So, they are doing nothing then? Obama is the only one who can’t do something to stop the sequester, so I don’t blame him. I am really only interested in whether or not the House or Senate is going to vote on revoking the Sequester or replacing it. I expected the House to do nothing because Boehner is lazy, but Reid should have a vote scheduled for today to show that Dems are trying to solve the problem. If it fails, then we can blame it on the GOP. But do something.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Dave:

    Maybe it’s like, uh, good news for people who love bad news?

    And it’s great news for people who have to report the news, since it gives them some easy news to report on. And hell, it’s not like they depend critically on unemployment insurance, food stamps, veterans’ benefits, or any of the other thousands of programs that will be cut.

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    Redshirt says:

    It’s good news for the media, is it not?

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    Violet says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    I was just thinking that the real clusterfuck that people feel immediately (or hear about from friends and family and have sympathy anger about) is the airport thing– commercial air travel, it can actually get worse!–, especially as we head into spring break season, and that it’s the tote bagger/upper middle class types/east coasters who are going to feel that most immediately, and it seems to me political journalists hit all kinds of overlap of those groups

    I am dreading the airport travel thing. An elderly relative is about to arrive from the UK. Fortunately, she’ll arrive prior to the sequester going into effect. However, she’s flying to visit additional people shortly thereafter. We’ve got no idea how that will work–will her flights still exist or will they be canceled? How far ahead will she need to get to the airport–and her flight is early morning already? How many delays will there be? We’re already trying to figure out if someone can get a “gate pass” to accompany her through security and sit with her until her flight leaves–if it does at all.

    I know this is small potatoes compared to people losing their jobs. But it’s a real issue and will affect lots of people who need to fly if the cuts take effect. I think you’re right that the airport thing may be one of the things that hits journalists and Beltway elite and thus gets lots of play.

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    MattF says:

    There’s something about contrarianism. ‘Just because logic, facts, a political majority, and the history of the universe since 16,000,000,000 BC all point to ‘X’ as the answer to your question, you shouldn’t discount ‘Y’. Or Bob Woodward.’ Why does anyone listen to that?

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    MomSense says:

    @Violet:
    HA! I was thinking the same thing!

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    the lost puppy says:

    I thought Boehner got 98% of what he wanted

    O.O

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    Andrew Sullivan was saying something similar last week. Its a stupid option but so he stills supports it.

    I fix for you.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @the lost puppy:
    Yeah, but his caucus was holding out for 120%.

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    Shrillhouse says:

    Maybe 750,000 Americans losing their jobs is a bad thing. Maybe, it’s just what America needs

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    Chris says:

    @Sophist:

    I love these kinds of articles; they’re SO blatantly written for people who desperately want their ideology to be right, no matter how ridiculous it sounds.

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    YellowJournalism says:

    @Sophist: Living On the Streets: Less Clutter With More Travel Opportunities

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    NonyNony says:

    @Suffern ACE:

    I’m looking for the airports that are going to affected, and it looks like nothingburger.

    Has there been a list printed? Last I’d heard the FAA was going to be telling the airlines about reduced hours across the board at all airports and the airlines were going to need to cancel flights.

    Has that happened yet? If so, got a link?

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    Pig needs more lipstick.

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    Solving the squestor would involve the GOP compromising and REAL men(tm) don’t compromise. That’s dirty frapping hippie stuff. This government by frap boy.

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    Violet says:

    @NonyNony: Here’s a list from USA Today. The airports are listed by state. http://www.usatoday.com/story/.....s/1938959/.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Sophist: ‘Double leg amputation. Big help to ease stress on heart?’

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    Culture of Truth says:

    It’s not contrarianism is you really support those cuts. for other people.

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    Nemo_N says:

    CNN is now discovering that spending cuts are terrible, terrible things.

    A question: the MSM will be back to demand austerity after the sequestration fight ends, so what is the average viewer left to think? One week they are told that government must cut spending and the next one that spending cuts are horrible.

    What gives?

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    👽 Martin says:

    @Nemo_N:

    CNN is now discovering that spending cuts are terrible, terrible things.

    No, as a nation we never learn until our hand is actually on the stove. Understanding the impact of spending cuts requires actually cutting. An extra half hour in line at the airport will do every Republican a bit of good.

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    aimai says:

    What that title really reminds me of are supermarket tabloids “10 Secrets to Losing Weight!” “The 7 things that Smart Shoppers know.” “Why you need to spend money to save money!” “Secrets of the Wealthiest Investors” “Strange but true: Lose Wrinkles With these 5 Miracle Foods.”

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @👽 Martin: If the airports do go gunnysack, what do you think the odds are that the first public “do you know who I am?” tantrum at the DC airport is either an elected Republican or a Politico writer. Or Jake Tapper.

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    Chris says:

    @👽 Martin:

    “Americans will always do the right thing after exhausting every other possible alternative.”
    – Winston Churchill

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    Yutsano says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: I’m going with good ol’ Jake. Especially if it’s being surreptiously filmed and then broadcast on TMZ. That would be highlarious.

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: My bet, Politico writer. Elected GOP can finagle a chartered flight.

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    Pinkamena Panic says:

    @👽 Martin:

    An extra half hour in line at the airport will do every Republican a bit of good.

    Except when the lines at airports are longer, they won’t blame the Repubs; they’ll say it’s all Obama’s fault, or it’s all on that stupid Congress, or it’s “gummint” screwing up again.

    The system is rigged, and has been for decades, to absolve the nihilistic shit-flingers of any responsibility for their massive fuckups. To the low-info crowd, ‘baggers and “I-don’t-do-politics” idiots alike, it’s all about government being the problem.

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    Robin G. says:

    @👽 Martin:

    No, as a nation we never learn until our hand is actually on the stove. Understanding the impact of spending cuts requires actually cutting. An extra half hour in line at the airport will do every Republican a bit of good.

    This. While I’m not going to hop on the “sequester is a good thing” crazy train, there could be a serious silver lining with regards to how we talk about cuts. Maybe we’ll come out on the other side with a few more people thinking “Hey, we kind of like it when the government pays for stuff.”

    Or maybe I’m just having a vaguely optimistic morning.

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    artem1s says:

    @Suffern ACE:

    Ohio State University Airport is going to go without air traffic controllers

    it’s not just the traffic right at that airport those controllers handle. And it’s not just people moving that is affected. UPS has a major hub right outside Columbus.

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    Anna in PDX says:

    I thought he WAS at Slate.

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    burnspbesq says:

    This is actually one of Cilizza’s better efforts.

    This part, at least, is not completely at odds with reality:

    What those [Pew Research Center polling] numbers make clear is that most people live in a fantasy world where overall federal spending decreases even as spending on virtually every federal program increases. Given that “reality”, it’s uniquely possible that only through crisis — manufactured or not — will people come to grips with the fundamental paradox at the center of their thinking of what the federal government should or shouldn’t do.

    There is a lot that follows with which one can legitimately disagree, starting with the idea that the “blame” for this state of affairs rests less than 100 percent with the Republicans. But at least Cilizza is in the vicinity of asking the right questions.

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    Tone in DC says:

    @Sophist:

    LULz.

    The Kaplan Test Prep Daily is barely worth a mention these days (meaning since early 2003), outside of E. Robinson, H. Meyerson and E.J. Dionne.

    That leaves a LOT of idjits like Mallaby, Diehl, Krauthammer, Rubin, Parker, Thiessen, Will, Milbank and Hiatt himself to create the following op-ed… “The First Lady Wants Americans to Eat Healthier: We Say Pass the Asbestos and the Drain Cleaner”

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Sophist:
    “James Buchanan: Best President Ever!”

    “Somalia: Libertarian Paradise!”

    “Slavery: is it really freedom?”

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Sophist:
    “Sirius- Black As He’s Painted? Notorious Mass Murderer OR Innocent Singing Sensation?”

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Roger Moore: Harry Potter reference? If not, I’m not getting that one.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Paul in KY:
    Yes, Harry Potter reference. But doesn’t it sound like the very spirit of contrarianism that the Village is going for these days?

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    LAC says:

    That fucking lisping twat on toast is exactly what is wrong with WAPO. How anyone can be so dense and so shallow at the same time is amazing. I bet light bends around him.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Roger Moore: I guess so, just never knew Sirius Black was a singer. Thought that was Alderaan.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Paul in KY:
    You must have watched the movies but not read the books. That’s a straight quote of a headline from The Quibbler in Book 5.

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    RaflW says:

    @Suffern ACE:

    Initially they can furlough tower controllers in small airports. But at some point, I think, they’ll have to cut staff at the regional centers that actually slot aircraft thru the high altitude routes and control the mid-level approaches and departures for major cities/cluster(fucks) like Chicago, LA, New York/Newark, etc.

    Could get real ugly. In fact, if I were Ray LaHood, I’d try and make the mess happen as fast as possible, just exactly to get at the totebaggers and mid-level executive fiscal corporate Republicans who think the government should be shrunk because they have no idea what it does.

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    RaflW says:

    @Violet:
    Yes you can get a gate pass. On the flight day, go to the ticket counter of the airline your relative is flying and request it. They issue a boarding pass-like document that gets you to the gate. You need a photo ID just like you were flying, and the name of the person who is booked. Well, she’ll be with you, so that’s easy – but if you want to meet her on arrival, too, thats the drill.

    Did this to meet my 81 y.o. dad last summer. Took 10 minutes plus screening. Since the airline issues the pass, any sequestration shouldn’t impact getting the pass. Now, screening etc may be worse, and the lines at the ticket counter may be longer if flights are being cancelled, and the counter staff may be grumpier than usual, but it should still work. Best bet is to call the airline she’s booked on in advance to confirm their procedure.

    Have, ummm, fun.

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    MattM says:

    “Everybody knows Custer died at Little Big Horn. What this book presupposes is…maybe he didn’t?”

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    Console says:

    Everyone is getting furloughed at every air traffic facility. At least one day a pay period (biweekly), 11 days total starting in April. Different facilities may implement it in different ways (furloughing non-staffing trainees first would make sense). But they won’t discriminate by facility.

    What will happen to the smaller facilities is that they will get reduced hours or get shut down completely. All of those changes will be permanent. Once again, the earliest any of this can happen is April 1. Even then, I can’t see negotiations going that quickly. The FAA still has to negotiate with the union and with the users (the airlines, airport owners, etc.).

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    Baud says:

    Why We Need the Sequester

    Or how I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Sequester

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    TS says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    Andrew Sullivan was saying something similar last week. Its a stupid option but he stills support it.

    The sooner people stop reading/paying Sullivan the sooner his stupid will disappear from view.

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    mclaren says:

    They haven’t pushed it far enough. Therefore I give you:

    WHY CRUCIFYING BABIES MIGHT SAVE AMERICA

    Everyone knows nailing babies to crosses is bad public policy. But these surprising new results from the Chicago School of Economics suggest that it could actually improve public health, create millions of new jobs, and reduce the deficit…

    Coming soon from Ezra Klein or Matthew Yglesias.

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    mclaren says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    Could he be any more nakedly desperate to shield the Republicans from their own mistakes?

    No more than you and your fellow obots are nakedly desperate to shield the Democrats and Obama from their own disastrous mistakes. Between Obama ordering the murder of U.S. citizens without even accusing ’em of a crime, and the American Stalin, Joe Biden, authoring the original version of the USA Patriot Act and then boasting about it to everyone who would listen, while Obama steps up his DEA assaults on state-authorized marijuana sales, and the new corrupt thieving tax-avoidance-fostering Secretary of the Treasury prepares to give yet more GET OUT OF JAIL FREE cards to Wall Street financial crime lords, the Democrats have worked hand in hand with Republicans to destroy America.

    And you know what?

    At this point, I’m cheering them on.

    Shithole America needs to go away. It needs to be destroyed. It needs to collapse into irrelevance, unable to bomb brown babies in third world countries ever again.

    And the Democrats are helping to destroy America with the insane self-destructive policies, so I applaud them, along with deluded obots like you.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Violet:

    But it’s a real issue and will affect lots of people who need to fly if the cuts take effect.

    Well done! Thank you, and congratulations!

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    burnspbesq says:

    @mclaren:

    The obligatory “and then what, asshole?”

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    mclaren says:

    @burnspbesq:

    The obligatory “and then what, asshole?”

    The obligatory “And then parasite tax avoidance lawyers like you get put up against the wall and handed blindfolds.”

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Roger Moore: Did read the books, but it has been 4 or more years ago & I had forgotten that (I guess).

    Good one!

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    Paul in KY says:

    @mclaren: You must read them alot :-)

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