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September 27, 2013

Obama: I Just Began Negotiating With Iran, But No I Won't Be Negotiating With GOP;
Media Gets on Same Talking Point Page That Hero-God Obama's Foreign Policy Ventures Make GOP Look "Small" and "Petty"

Obviously nothing will come from this, but Obama needs to suggest to the cult that there are irons in the fire that will one day transmute into gold.

The fact that he announced this literally minutes before insisting he won’t talk to the GOP about the debt ceiling can only be the White House trying to draw a deliberate contrast. (National Journal has already picked it up.) Why they’d want to do that, I don’t know. The idea, I guess, is to signal to the public that even the nuts in Iran are more reasonable in their demands than Republicans are — at least one liberal demagogue was pushing that point today on MSNBC — but that’s a risky strategy when polling on Iran looks like this. Good luck selling Americans, roughly half of whom are Republicans, on the idea that the GOP is less reasonable than the international terrorist outfit wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq, champ.

But the media is already in Busy Beaver mode, building that particular dam:

They're both Real Reporters at National Journal.

So place your bets:

Did they coordinate, or are their kneejerk partisan responses so perfectly in sync that they don't need to coordinate at all to always wind up on the precise same partisan page?

Thanks to @slublog for those tweets.

Incidentally, a commenter noted something important in the O'Bagy story: No one in Washington, DC, is every permitted to fail. Ergo, the entire town produces a bizarre mental state of a consequence-free world.

And then that mental state informs all of our politics, and public integrity, and media "honesty," and so on, and so forth.

Washington DC is truly a magical place. A place where numbers mean only what a partisan wishes them to mean, and where "failure" usually means a lateral reassignment or an outright promotion.

And then we get the government we get, and we get the laws they type.

Meanwhile, our new partners for peace hacked the US Navy's computers.

Via JammieWF, Iran is just a tiny country.

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