The latest news in the debt ceiling and government shutdown drama is bad, and it made twitter go berserk. First the news, plus a little bit of snark from MSNBC's Ed Show host, Ed Sullivan:
Translation: the House Rules Committee, which was supposed to produce a bill to end the government shutdown, raise the debt ceiling, and some other Republican shenanigans thrown in to appease the Tea Party caucus which thinks that they are owed something for keeping the government functional. But, it got to 6pm on the East Coast, the Representatives got sleepy, and they decided to adjourn for the day without a vote.
As Ed says, hey, no problem, that's just another $160 million spent on nothing (that's not the cost of government services, that's the cost of NOT HAVING those government services).
The rest of Twitter was equally angry/alarmed/hilarious. National Review Online editor Robert Costa on the Republican Party's attempt to round up enough votes to pass...well anything really:
Staffer who's familiar w/ internal GOP whip count: "They know that it is f*****d."— Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) October 15, 2013
Major Garrett of CBS was forboding:
Earlier at WH, @NancyPelosi said House vote tonight wld allow GOP to "sow their oats." Definitely something else being sowed now.— Major Garrett (@MajorCBS) October 15, 2013
Ryan Lizza of the New Yorker captures this whole circus a little too well:
This would all be hilarious if we weren't witnessing the simultaneous collapse of our government and economy.— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) October 15, 2013
Is Lizza being overdramatic? Maybe, but until there's a deal, no, not really.
Now to Chuck Todd for some analysis:
Tomorrow, the markets take over as the driver of a deal— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) October 15, 2013
He's right. Reality might not convince the Republican Party that they have to DO SOMETHING about the debt ceiling, but the markets will.
Here's a little extra snark from a Twitter feed devoted to Republican inspired jabs:
You can always count on Speaker Boehner to risk your job to save his own.— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) October 15, 2013
And, an update from Robert Costa, who is on the inside of the House Republican negotiations:
Member calls, "yeah, I don't know. I just don't know. Things are very bad," says the numbers aren't there— Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) October 15, 2013
Yes, Republican Party, there is no bill that has any hope of making it to President Obama's desk that will also appease the Tea Party wing. Give up on that second part. Real damage to the economy is at stake here. Or, to put it another way:
Oh, you wanted a deal that could PASS? Well why didn't you say so! *crumples up paper*— delrayser (@delrayser) October 15, 2013