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August 27, 2013

Treasury Secretary to GOP: Obama Refuses, Absolutely, to Even Negotiate About the Debt Ceiling

Oh wait I thought that people who Refused to Negotiate and Compromise were bad and people who Sought to Negotiate and Compromise were good...?

Here's an alternate explanation: The media are Suckers of C**k who have a formal (and yet fake) rule against taking a position on the substantive merits of a political debate. So they observe this... by instead attacking Republicans for holding a substantive position, but claiming their objection is made upon procedural grounds.

That is, they're not saying that Republicans should allow Obama to spend every trillion he feels like spending.

They're only saying that Republicans' "intransigence" and "refusal to allow government to work, through compromise" is bad.

It just so happens that attacking the Republicans on this process issue also, coincidentally enough, advances Obama's substantive position.

So, having taken this position on the Incredibly Important Value of Compromise earlier, surely the media is duty-bound to savage Obama and Jack Lew for spurning that value now?

No, of course not, because their procedural objection was never honest. They agreed with Obama on the substance before (or, at least, they simply wanted Obama to win, even though they had no real opinion on the substance, because Obama is a Conquering Hero and Conquering Heroes Always Conquer). They agree with Obama (or just want him to win) now.

So it doesn't matter that the media will wind up supporting Compromise earlier and Obama's Bold, Presidential Gravitas Decision now to Not Compromise. The "Compromise" narrative was a con for suckers. The real argument -- dishonestly fought for by a corrupt and dishonest media -- is that Obama Should Win Because Unprecedented.

And that's the same argument they're making now. They're just making it dishonestly, because that's what an industry supposedly dedicated to truth should do, argue in bad faith, argue dishonestly, and lie about their actual core mission.

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