Not a lot of good will come out of the government shutdown. People might realize that the Republican Party is kind of a sham, so that’s good, but they might not realize it, and the Republican Party is good at pivoting out of this sort of sticky situation. Other than that, the government shutdown will hurt the economy, slow research, and, well, we might just find that we liked government more than we realized. Anyway, there’s one more good thing that comes out of this: it’s perfect fodder for Jon Stewart.
In a way, a Republican-fueled government shutdown is too perfect for Jon Stewart. It’s like giving Roger Federer a slow, high lob. It won’t be the most impressive shot you’ve ever seen, but you know he’ll win the point.
“It’s a f---ing law!” Stewart yelled at the Republican Party, who won’t give up on re-legislating Obamacare. It passed Congress, the President signed it, the Supreme Court upheld it. We even had an election where voters knew that voting for the well-groomed business man from Massachusetts would result in the defunding of Obamacare. They voted to keep Obama instead.
Jon Stewart, after he’s had his fun with the Republican Party, makes one point that shouldn’t get lost here: the media, by gravitating toward the middle of this fight, is dropping the ball here. The Republican Party is creating this whole thing. It’s not that neither side wants to compromise (that part is true, but beside the point), it’s that the Republican Party persists in making unreasonable demands.