Speaker John Boehner, Rep. Paul Ryan, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, Rep. Eric Cantor and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
The faces of fail
It's not often that a Washington Post editorial is a must read, but today's headline speaks for itself:
House Republicans are failing Americans in their effort to kill Obamacare
As one of the leading shapers of Beltway opinion, the Post editorial board shares responsibility for the normalizing of Republican extremism. Not today.
AMERICANS’ RESPECT for their Congress has, sad to say, diminished in recent years. But citizens still expect a minimal level of competence and responsibility: Pay the bills and try not to embarrass us in front of the world.

By those minimal standards, this Congress is failing. More specifically, the Republican leaders of the House of Representatives are failing. They should fulfill their basic duties to the American people or make way for legislators who will.

The Post emphasizes that it isn't partisan, points to its criticism of President Obama, and its having urged compromise during the last (concocted by Republicans) fiscal crisis. Indeed, the Post long has been the primary purveyor of the false narrative that, no matter how extreme the Republican drift, both sides are at fault. Just two days ago, the Post even twisted itself into pretzels attempting to promote the idea of shared blame for the current crisis. Apparently, even the delusions of the Washington Post editorial board has limits.

Continue reading about the Washington Post editorial below the fold.

The editorial continues by explaining that the government shutdown was caused by the Republicans' failed effort to derail President Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA), which is itself hardly a radical law. But it is a law that ensures health insurance to 40 million people who had none, and it does it through private markets. And then the Post really nails the Republicans, pointing to their failure to block the ACA's passage, their failure to get it declared unconstitutional, and their failure to stop it before it began when they failed to stop President Obama's (easy) re-election. And then it gets even worse for the Republicans, as the Post reminds them that they still haven't made good on their promise to come up with their own plan to replace the ACA.

Next come a list of Republican failures on process and on policy, from the FBI having to close cases to 800,000 workers being furloughed to the pettiness of the fake optics that would have been depriving the health insurance subsidy from their own underpaid aides. And there is a warning about the potential economic havoc should the Republican brinksmanship lead to a government inability to pay its bills. That potential next concocted Republican crisis is now just weeks away.

In summation, the Post summarizes its astoundingly accurate take on the current crisis, by not playing the game of false equivalencies and shared blame. This is on the Republicans. More specifically, the Republican House "leadership."

Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Budget Committee chairman and former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and their colleagues may be in a difficult political position. Honestly, we don’t much care. They need to reopen the government and let it pay its bills.
When they've lost the Washington Post editorial board, the Republicans truly have lost the propaganda war. They've lost on policy, they've lost on elections, and they've lost on popular opinion. But that's what this is really all about. They can't win, so they're trying to tear everything down around them. The Republicans aren't just sore losers, they're losers, and they want everyone else to suffer with them.

Originally posted to Laurence Lewis on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 11:32 AM PDT.

Also republished by Single Payer California and Daily Kos.

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