Media pretty excited about another ‘shutdown’—although by the time you read this it could be over | 2/9/2018 | Dan Calabrese
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The good folks at Reuters couldn’t believe their good fortune at having the opportunity to write this in the wee hours:

The U.S. Senate approved a budget deal including a stopgap government funding bill early on Friday, but it was too late to prevent a federal shutdown that was already underway in an embarrassing setback for the Republican-controlled Congress.

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The last shutdown was such a disappointment for the media because their usual tactic of knee-jerk blaming Republicans didn’t work, as everyone knew Chuck Schumer and his insane DACA demands were the cause. Also, people quickly figured out the “shutdown,” which didn’t even last an entire real work day, was no big deal.

This time the shutdown is clearly the work of a guy with an R after his name, since it was Rand Paul’s nine-hour speech objecting to the budget deal that delayed the vote and made it impossible for the Senate to pass the bill before midnight, when the previously passed spending authority expired.

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Now you know if you read this site that Rand Paul is Rob’s favorite senator and that he’s one of my least, mainly because he talks all the time about high and mighty principles but usually finds an excuse not to go along with any move in the direction of what he claims to want. Nothing is ever perfect enough for him, and it has to be all or nothing or he’ll bail.

In this case, the budget deal is so awful that I can hardly blame the guy for speaking in opposition to it, although a nine-hour barnburner just to make...
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