The Democrats' (partial) victory in the battle over the (partial) government shutdown and debt-ceiling increase was enough of a reason for Kossacks to do their happy dances and, more importantly, rub Republicans' faces in it.
"MichiJayJay" opined that for the GOP, losing wasn't punishment enough: "[N]ow that the teabaggers are down, we have to kick them, and kick them, and kick them and kick them. Into the goddamn dirt. Don't let anybody forget for a second what they wanted (and still want) to do."
Western states where a majority of land is owned by the federal government were disproportionately harmed by the closure of national park lands during the partial government shutdown. Local economies in those states suffered as small businesses dependent on tourism to those parks took a big hit. Some of those states kicked in donations to reopen a few parks during the shutdown, you may recall.
Washington Post GovBeat blogger Niraj Chokshi noticed how some of those states have passed laws calling on the federal government to turn over control of "millions of acres of federal public lands to the states," and how some Western politicians believe that the shutdown bolsters their case. Chokshi's October 15 story was picked up for print by Post editors, but the 13-paragraph item was buried on page A18 in Friday's paper.
On Thursday, we noted The Washington Post's Express tabloid for commuters taunted Republicans for losing, with an elephant waving a white flag.
On Friday came a Democratic analog of sorts. The headline for federal employees was "Welcome Back!" and rejoiced with this text: "Federal workers return from the shutdown to full inboxes, back-to-back meetings, and muffins from Joe." That illustrates a photo of Vice President Joe Biden with muffins, being cheered by EPA employees.
Who's going to break the news to MSNBC's Chris Matthews? Apparently, a study by Yale University -- you know, that great New Haven bastion of conservatism -- finds that folks who self-identify with the Tea Party are more literate when it comes to scientific matters than non-Tea Partiers.
If and when this knowledge causes the Hardball host's head to explode, I hope the suits at MSNBC will be kind enough to donate Chris's cranium to science. Former NewsBuster Matt Vespa has more at our sister site CNSNews.com. Here's an excerpt:
Susan Jones at CNSNews.com reports Sen. Orrin Hatch attacked the Heritage Foundation in an appearance on MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown” on Thursday.
When MSNBC’s Chuck Todd said "The right's not going to be happy with” majority leader Mitch McConnell, Hatch not only defended McConnell but said Heritage in its “radicalness” will be losing its clout and reputation:
After a debt ceiling deal was struck Wednesday in Washington, famed sitcom producer Norman Lear published an article at the Huffington Post wherein he expressed faux concern that conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh had exploded as a result.
Every so often but not nearly often enough, the opportunity to revel in guilt-free schadenfreude rolls around. This is one of those moments.
Over at Daily Kos, one of the most heavily-trafficked liberal websites and a revealing glimpse into the repugnant id that is the leftist mind, Daily Kos diarist "Tirge Caps" is belatedly learning that the Affordable Care Act is not the glorious legislative accomplishment that "progressives" have trumpeted over the last three years.
You know you’ve gone off the deep end when liberal Huffington Post takes a more moderate view. HuffPost Live’s Marc Lamont Hill showed how weird that could be when he interviewed Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., on Oct. 15. Schultz was promoting her new book “For the Next Generation,” but spent most of the time bashing “extremist” Tea Party Republicans.
While discussing the shutdown, Schultz declared that Republicans “shut down the government over whether or not we are going to give everyone access to quality, affordable healthcare.” Hill attempted to clarify: “You’re not suggesting the Republican Party is shutting down the government so that people won’t get healthcare, right?”
Ted Turner said men should be banned from serving in office. Now Susan Jones at CNSNews.com reports Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz says women could solve the shutdown in hours because "a woman doesn't want to ruin the person on the other side of the aisle or the table."
The DNC chair – who can barely get through a sentence without denouncing Republicans as “extremist” – touted The Fairer Sex on Morning Joe:
Earlier this month I teased Slate for trying to spin the government's partial shutdown so hard it lurched into satire – trying to start a pity party because some college women who are getting free money from the taxpayers might get their money late which might cause them to have trouble paying for their birth control.
Today I'm teasing Slate again over another bit of wild spin.
The Quad-City Times (based on the state line in Davenport, Iowa) sounds like four Democrats in an editorial titled "Congressional Terrorism." It began: "We’ve read and heard all of the justifications for the congressional impasse that is terrorizing our nation. We use the word “terror” emphatically. What else can you call tactics the perpetrators fully intend to wreck the stock market, throw people out of work and remove any semblance of stability for economic growth?"
But this is the real laugh line: “Like it or not, that’s how Obamacare became law. Proponents didn’t just lob insults. They courted the opposition, offered compromises and did the hard work of governance.” Was this writer in a coma in 2010? Not a single Republican voted for this.
With liberals, there's no separation of sex and state. Jeffrey Meyer of CNSNews.com found they're trying to be hip with the kids at the University of Maryland, hosting "Sex Week" for education, communication, exploration" at its campus in suburban College Park.
The event features a local D.C. sex shop called "The Garden" whose mission according to its website is "commitment to body safe and eco-friendly products." There's some wild-sounding events on the menu:
Over at The Huffington Post, socialist activist Jim Wallis is typically insisting that the Bible’s verses on the poor all underline that socialism is God’s demand in the current shutdown. We're not individually responsible for the poor, we must be collectively, bureaucratically responsible.
“We're hearing lots of babble at the Capitol, but across the street, we're trying to hear the word of God -- what God says about the people, families, and children who will suffer the most because of Washington's babble,” he wrote. Don’t they know God wanted a statist “War on Poverty”?
"With magazines, with movies, it’s always weird when things are targeted for young people yet they’re driven by people that are like 40 years too old. It can’t be like this 70 year old Jewish man that doesn’t leave his desk all day, telling me what the clubs want to hear."
So oddly said Miley Cyrus in an interview with Hunger TV Wednesday:
Sen. Ted Cruz was heckled during his speech at the Values Voter Summit in Washington on Friday. He joked they were from Organizing For America, the converted Obama campaign organization. But MRCTV’s Dan Joseph interviewed the hecklers after they were ejected at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.
One woman said the group of hecklers were with a group called the “Fair Immigration Reform Movement,” which is a project of the radical-left Center for Community Change. Joseph asked if a family-values summit was the right venue for heckling for amnesty. Several hecklers said the “ripping apart” of illegal-alien families was always relevant: