Here in the world outside of Washington, D.C., we acknowledge a couple of truths from the past two weeks: 1) The government shut down because a small, rabid gang of congressional Republicans can’t get past its hatred of Obamacare, and 2) Obamacare started anyway, but the rollout was saddled with technical errors.
Easy enough to understand. Unless you ask the people who work in national politics, in which case, neither of these things actually happened.
Instead, they’ve given us talking points: speeches about how various people are waiting patiently for various other people to come to their senses; declarations about how the health care rollout is going very well except for in the ways it is not going well, which are not really problematic because the problems that have emerged are not problems per se.
I read a lot of talking points last week, wondering if I’d catch somebody slip and say something substantive.
I was hopeful when I got an advance transcript for Saturday’s weekly Republican radio address, in which Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, was going to explain why the government is still closed.
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