Like most Ricochetti, I'm a political geek. But this shutdown kabuki is taking all the fun out of it. Three weeks of DC sausage-making play-by-play makes me want to turn off the news, form a Smiths tribute band & tour Indian casinos.
One Hill reporter tweets, "the latest rumor of a possible deal must include a show vote on a 2.3-month exemption for 704b12.1 revenue receipts, according to an unnamed squash partner of a Tea Party-curious congressional staffer." Thirty seconds later, "Reid mocks trial balloon as 'suicidal schizophrenia,' compares staffer to 'Pol Pot on a bad day.'"
Buzzfeed publishes a listicle titled, "37 Baby Armadillos React to Khonservative Khmer Rougers," while two blogs wonder how the fifth animated GIF damages optics for Peter King's 2016 Iowa efforts. Conservatives start a Twitter hashtag game impugning King's lineage followed by a Pinterest meme insisting we follow the strategy created by the assistant fry cook at a Austin-area Whataburger thrice visited by Ted Cruz.
If the supersonic news cycle is losing a political geek like me, what percentage of Americans outside the Beltway are paying attention? More than ever it seems that our Imperial Capital is mostly just talking to itself.
Perhaps we should focus on the larger issue. We are $17 trillion in debt. Barack Obama doesn't think that is quite high enough. This, despite the fact that he campaigned to reduce it.
Is the shutdown theatre burning anyone else out? What can we do to refocus voters and politicians from parliamentary maneuvering to the serious issues this nation faces?
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