Photo(s) of the Day: Great Moments in Republican Rebranding http://t.co/jlQ6Jv0T5Y
— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) October 14, 2013
For what it’s worth, the Washington Post (company paper to the town where politics is the local monopoly industry) is running a “Live Updates: the Shutdown” page.
The tweet at the top via Dave Weigel:
…[T]here were two shutdown “narratives.” In the mainstream media and on the left, the shutdown had been driven by conservative Republicans who refused to fund Obamacare in the CR, as they had been promising for months. On the right, the shutdown was Obama’s fault—why wouldn’t he compromise?—and the most visible pain of the shutdown, the closure of parks and memorials, was engineered spitefully by the president. There are terms in conservative media and on Twitter—”Spite House,” “barrycades”—that I don’t think have made the jump beyond…
Conservative bloggers and tweeters treated this like a uniquely inspiring protest of government folly. “The press will try to keep today’s events secret, but I doubt whether they can succeed,” wrote Power Line’s John Hinderaker. “Time will tell, but this seems like the sort of revelatory moment that will reverberate and gain force with time.” But did the MSM cover it that way? No. Many reports focused on the fringe nature of some of the speakers who’d glommed on to the rally. Photographers snapped great shots of Cruz and Lee flanked by flags for “Oath Keepers,” the group that asked soldiers, police officers, et al. to “keep their oaths” to the people and resist tyranny if it comes to that. Larry Klayman, a legal gadfly from the Clinton era who’s still in D.C. for some reason, used his time at the mic to call the president a Muslim….
Roy Edroso, at the Village Voice:
…Ben Shapiro at Breitbart.com expressed outrage that the media was spinning this patriotic display as a mere collection of “TEA PARTY CRAZIES.” For example, said Shapiro, CNN reported that “one speaker went as far as saying the president was a Muslim and separately urged the crowd of hundreds to initiate a peaceful uprising.” It was unfair, Shapiro said, for CNN to focus on “one speaker, Larry Klayman” and to have “tried to lump in former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in with Klayman.” Klayman, by the way, happens to be a frequent contributor to Breitbart.com….
And (saving the best for last) Mr. Charles P. Pierce:
… How dare these idiots? Tailgunner Ted Cruz, and Mike Lee, the constitooshunal skolar from Utah, and Ms. Palin. How dare they traffick in this manner of grave-robbing? They would all throw these veterans off Medicare, close the VA hospitals, bury the brave old men and women in substandard nursing homes rather than give an inch away of their indomitable ideology of entitled selfishness. Ted Cruz doesn’t think the government has a role in making the lives of these veterans easier. Mike Lee thinks the Founders wanted vets to starve. Sarah Palin doesn’t think, period, and is proud of it.
The American Right has never looked as fundamentally reckless and inhumane as it did when it attempted to burglarize heroism over the weekend. All the chickenhawks came home to roost, for sure. To see Princess Dumbass there, one hand on her heart while the other one very likely was picking pockets, attempting to wrap herself in the sacrifice of so many people, living and dead, when the hardest thing she’s ever done in her life is quit her job halfway through doing it, is to see a kind of ghastly kind of historical vampirism. It takes a special lack of conscience to grift the graves of the honored dead. It’s enough to make you root very hard for the Curse Of The Pharaohs. My father doesn’t need the intercession of these delusional creatures. On his behalf, I say, in god’s name, walk away from decent people in shame.