A new CNN poll shows 63 percent angry at Republicans for the government shutdown, but 57 percent are also angry with Democrats and 53 percent with President Obama as well.
Is insanity contagious or is there another explanation? In the 24/7 news cycle, a simple truth is not enough for the voracious media maw: The fact that Tea Party fanatics in the House, spurred on by Ted Cruz, are holding the nation hostage to their irrational rage is just not enough to feed the beast.
In a welter of truths, half-truths and lies being spread as the shutdown clock clicks on, all kinds of rationalizations take root about the motives of the captors and their cause. In this steamy atmosphere of tracking their tactics, the simple truth is easily lost.
It doesn’t help that the President has stepped back, allowing hoof-in-mouth HarryReid to do the talking. Railing at House conservatives as “anarchists” with a “Banana Republican mindset,” the Senate Majority Leader betrays his early days as a boxer not gifted at gab. Trotted out for TV cameras, he comes off less as a pitiful prisoner of the shutdown than someone you would cheerfully pay ransom to shut up.
When Barack Obama went to Oslo in 2009 to accept his Nobel Peace Prize, could he possibly have imagined that four years later his presidency would be defined by an irrational syndrome named for neighboring Stockholm?
If this doesn’t end soon, we’ll all be rattling our chains, ready for the loony bin.