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February 25, 2013 9:31 AM Behind the Funhouse Mirror

By Ed Kilgore

Last week I kept talking about the stupidity that was suffusing most “debates” over the impending appropriations sequester. This week stupidity could give way to surrealism, as (1) the lurid stories of generals and admirals going to bed hungry gain intense purchase in some precincts of the chattering classes, and fires and disasters going unattended spread on the wind in others; and (2) shrieking demands for a delay or replacement of the sequester disguise more serious efforts to modify it in the actual appropriations measures enacted by the end of March.

Meanwhile, the nation’s governors are in Washington for their annual “winter meeting,” which means plenty of media articles about their problem-solving wisdom as compared to the preening and posturing peacocks of the Imperial City (which used to be one of the late David Broder’s annual or semi-annual specialities); a separate batch of media articles about governors who might run for president in 2016; and dueling statements from the governors as a whole begging the president and Congress to cut big or small fiscal deals, and from the partisan caucuses of the governors backing the very DC compatriots they scorn as a class.

There will be as much “news” to ignore as to disseminate this week, and I’ll try to peer behind the funhouse mirror with the requisite degree of acuity and cynicism.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

Comments

  • c u n d gulag on February 25, 2013 9:45 AM:

    Ed,
    It seems less of a "funhouse," and more of a 'Haunted House."
    And it's haunted with the spirits of "TEH STOOOOOOOPID!!!!" past.

    Well, since we keep griping about the lack of manufacturing in this country, let us appreciate that which me still manage to manufacture - and quite well, may I add - and that is a fiscal crisis that rolls off the 'dissembling' line, more often than we'd like, or certainly need.

  • max on February 25, 2013 10:21 AM:

    which means plenty of media articles about their problem-solving wisdom as compared to the preening and posturing peacocks of the Imperial City (which used to be one of the late David Broderís annual or semi-annual specialities)

    O God! I remember those! {grabs head} I shouldn't have taken the brown acid!

    a separate batch of media articles about governors who might run for president in 2016;

    I liked the headline on TPM: "Rick Perry: Texas Will Always Be A Red State". This seems like a good moment to point out that Perry will always be full of shit.

    max
    ['One of those two things is true.']