Every time we think the New Republic cannot decline any further, it proves us wrong.
The politest thing that can be said is that your news, editorial, and personnel judgment is deep down the toilet:
Michael Kinsley (October 10, 2013): Obama Should Just Give in to the Republicans:
President Obama should give in. Yes, this mess is all the Republicans’ fault. Yes, it’s outrageous that they can hold the government hostage in order to reargue a law that’s been voted on, signed, enacted, and upheld by the Supreme Court. Yes, it’s a terrible precedent. Nevertheless, he should give in. He should speak to the nation and say, “I cannot in good conscience put you and this country through the traumatic consequences of a default. The Republicans apparently don’t feel that way…. They don’t care…. The sad truth is that if you don’t care about any of that, it gives you tremendous power over those who do. Perhaps unfortunately, I do care. And I believe the stakes are too high to let this become a testosterone contest…."
The media will no doubt call Obama weak because he gave in. So let them. Sticks and stones. Meanwhile, will the Republicans really take the past couple of weeks as a precedent and push him around on every issue that comes up? Highly unlikely. They are already getting most of the blame. They surely don’t look forward to trying to convince voters it was such a swell experience that they’re going to put us through it again and again.
Why oh why can't we have a better press corps?
And Dave Weigel: Let's Laugh at the People Who Told Obama to Give in to Republicans:
Republicans failed to appreciate the president's strengthened position vis-à-vis 2011, when he had lost the House and needed to win re-election. They had a theory that the world had changed since 1995…. Republicans didn't realize that Obama… wasn't locked in with them. They were locked in with him. Let us also raise our glasses the pundits who completely misread the situation…. Michael Kinsley, Oct. 10: "Obama Should Just Give in to the Republicans," an instant classic that offered the president the cave-in speech he needed to give.
I have sent a letter to Speaker Bohner, saying that I will agree to a year’s postponement of the Affordable Care Act, if he will agree to a rise in the debt limit that is at least big enough to spare us another episode like this for a year. I can’t pretend that this is not a defeat for common sense, good government, and democracy. And if people wish to see it as a defeat for me, so be it. I have more important things to worry about.
Why were they so wrong?… There remains no good way for a party in control of Congress to make the president look like an aggressor in a shutdown. I am sure, in the long run, this will be blamed on liberal media bias.