(Courtesy of Legal Insurrection)
There are some post-mortems being written about the recently-ended clusterfuck in Washington DC known by the misnomer of “the shutdown”. The conventional wisdom is that it was a political and public relations disaster for the Republicans and the Tea Party. Even a lot of Republicans are saying that, and they blame Ted Cruz and the Tea Party.
Of course “conventional wisdom” is just another way of saying “what the media thinks.” I honestly don’t think most people really gave a rat’s ass about the shutdown but if you called them up and asked them whose fault it was they would parrot the media and say the GOP. That’s because most people are not political junkies like us who spend their free time obsessing about politics.
It’s kinda like when pro athletes go on strike – most people don’t care about why they are striking or who wins, they just want the strike to be over so they can watch the games.
The vast majority of the media in this country leans towards the left. As for the minority of the media that leans to the right, almost all of those represent the GOP establishment. The Tea Party is represented by some lowly bloggers and other online denizens. Nobody likes the Tea Party except the Tea Partiers themselves.
The shutdown was doomed to “fail” from the start. That is a cold hard fact. Government was gonna re-open eventually and the debt ceiling would be raised and Obamacare would get funded. But no matter when or how it ended, the media would declare that the Democrats won and that the GOP sucks and that the Tea Party is a bunch of loons.
It doesn’t matter what the GOP says or does, the media will not play fair. They will spin things in favor of Obama and the Democrats. If they can’t spin it they’ll ignore it. Meanwhile they will hold the Republicans to an impossible standard and obsess about minutia and irrelevancies. When all else fails, they’ll make shit up.
This is why Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin ignore the media. They know they’ll never be one of the Kewl Kidz so they don’t worry about it.