Language Log » House of Turds

Thanks to  my friend Rose K. for pointing out this discussion at the Language Log. All of the comments are worth the read, and for once are not a collection of idiocy that makes a person regret going down into the comment section.

The illustration in the online version of the paper is even more nakedly partisan (or, some would say, accurate)… [see picture above]

With the overall approval rating of the U.S. Congress approaching single digits, and that of the national Republican Party apparently heading in that direction as well, this headline is likely to have a certain Luntzian value.

via Language Log » House of Turds.



  1. How the GOP can (maybe) now win this showdown…

    Okay so all except the most one-eyed conservative has to admit the reality that the GOP will be blamed by voters for the budget / gov’t shut down crisis. But an interesting thing may very well happen on the way to next month’s circus.

    The debt ceiling D-Day is just around the corner. In fact it’s so close that it now seems VERY probable that the budget / shut down crisis will not be resolved by mid Oct and THEN an interesting thing may happen – the budget / shut down / Obama-care crisis and the debt ceiling crisis will combine into one ENORMOUS crisis that revolves around both issues.

    This could be VERY interesting. Mainly because just as the public supports the Dems on the budget / shut down issue, they broadly support the GOP on the debt ceiling issue. So if the two fights turn into one BIG fight, who will the public end up supporting?

    It could be a hail-mary / gift from God situation that saves the GOP.

    Boehner has made it clear that he wanted to avoid the shut down confrontation in order to save his ammo for the debt ceiling crisis. And he may kinda sorta get what he wants now. The conservative wing of the GOP (I think that may be me) may then get what they really want – the opportunity to force changes to the ACA set-up with the FULL BACKING of the US electorate. Because the political conversation / vicious trench war will be about balancing our national kitty, we can make changes to Obama-care by making the simple argument that the US simply can’t afford the ACA. Because it is a financial reality and not an ideologically based argument, independent voters are much more likely to respond to it.

    With a bit of luck our gleefully anticipated thumping at the polls in the mid-term elections will then remain a Democrat pipe-dream and the ACA will be amended as we’d like.


    1. That is a Maybe the size of the Empire State Building. More realistically, if this melts into the Debt Ceiling hike, the Republicans will have fully destroyed themselves. While most Americans do want the debt to go down, most also do NOT want us to default. Wall Street is already about to go bonkers over what the Republicans have wrought. They are not doing any favors to the United States. And they will only hurt us more if they cause us to default. I am not sure why anybody thinks this would be a good thing.

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