Why oh why can't we have a better press corps?
In the New York Times, Ross Douthat: A Teachable Moment:
One of the themes running through my various government shutdown posts has been the importance of seeing the current wave of right-wing populism clearly and weighing its merits and demerits judiciously. That requires understanding the strategic thinking that led to the shutdown in the first place… acknowledging the legitimate sense of political disappointment that underlies the right’s inclination toward intransigence… and most importantly, recognizing that relative to the G.O.P. establishment (such as it is), today’s right-wing populists often have better political instincts and better policy ideas…
"Better political instincts and policy ideas"? Like a caucus that only got 48% of the vote in the last election backing a fringe that stages a tantrum that costs the country $25 billion? Like spending the last three days of the tantrum trying to figure out whether they would rather do a favor to the medical device-manufacturing industry or cut each of their staff's salaries by $12,000/year? Those political and policy instincts?