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The latest Republican freakout:

RT @gopconference: Clutch with his brackets. Late with his budgets. Check out our new video -- http://t.co/... #BalancedBudget
@SpeakerBoehner via web

Of course, he follows up an hour later with this:

See how House GOP's #balancedbudget stacks up against Dems' tax & spend plan that never balances http://t.co/...
@SpeakerBoehner via web

So is there a budget or is there not a budget? But ... brackets!

Once again the Presiden's bracket is right on time. We're still waiting on his budget http://t.co/...  #marchmadness #BalancedBudget
@RalphHallPress via web
Once again President's bracket is right on time. We're still waiting on his budget http://t.co/... #marchmadness #BalancedBudget
@repaaronschock via web

Couldn't they have made their coordination less obvious?

Brackets before Budget: Obama predicts #Louisville, #Indiana, #OhioState, &; #FloridaState in the #FinalFour.  #PresidentialPriorities
@RepublicanStudy via web
While #HouseGOP votes on budget today & tomorrow, @whitehouse puts off submitting their budget to fill out #MarchMadness bracket
@RepWalberg via web
While the President can turn in his NCAA bracket on time each year, this is his fourth budget out five that is late since he took office.
@GOPWhip via TweetDeck

A little lesson in how our system works—spending bills originate in the House, not the White House. So this talk about "White House budgets" is nonsense from the beginning. Those "budgets" don't have the force of law. They are just blueprints for negotiations over actual appropriations bills. And remember, those are Constitutionally tasked to the House.

In short, this is their way to try and get Obama to own entitlement cuts that they themselves are pushing for. The White House doesn't need to fall for that nonsense.

But aside from the idiocy, here is the GOP once again proving they are divorced from the rest of the American people. I mean, listen to what Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said this morning:

[O]ur party has divorced itself from the American culture ... [We] would make fun of the president for going on 'The View' -- and you've heard me say these things -- ... you know, talking hoops for half an hour on ESPN. That's where a lot of America is at, and I think we've got to get with it ...
Sorry, Reince. Boehner and your merry band of wingnuts ignored your memo. And yes, as a result, the Republicans look like assholes while the rest of March Madness-obsessed America compares their brackets to the president's.

Originally posted to kos on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 10:44 AM PDT.

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