The invaluable Pierce explains why the rout of the crazy GOP House members and their inept leader will count for nothing in the long-run:
[B]y the time that [the new conference] committee meets, most of what has happened over the past two weeks either will be forgotten, or it will be subject to a neutralized narrative set in concrete concerning “Washington”‘s dysfunction and the inability of “Congress” to do the job its members were elected to do.
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Consider as an example the strange year of zombie-eyed granny-starver Paul Ryan. Last spring, he came out with his long-range plan to destroy Medicare. Its math was bad and its intent was clear. The political world convulsed. The plan — and its proponent — became an albatross the size of a Buick around the neck of the entire party. The Democrats, it was said, had been handed an issue on which they could ride to glory in 2012. What thereupon happened? The rest of the year was dedicated to the political rehabilitation of zombie-eyed granny-starver Paul Ryan and his plan within elite political opinion. PolitiFact went into the tank for him. Democratic senator Ron Wyden joined Ryan in supporting a “bipartisan” plan for Medicare that would have roughly the same effect on the program that Ryan’s plan would have. By the end of the year, Ryan, who, on the subject of entitlements, ought to have no more credibility than Ron Paul does on the subject of the Department of Commerce, and for many of the same reasons, was back to making the year’s-end list for his “bold solutions” and his “courage” in bringing them forth. The political power of the issue he’d handed to the Democrats is well-nigh dissipated, and the gutting of Medicare in the guise of bipartisan “reform” is back on the table.
If you want to watch it happen in real time, keep track of how the media covers the story going forward and shifts the thesis, facts e damned, in order to turn Republican recalcitrance and obstruction once again into a “both sides do it” situation over the next couple of weeks. For added points, see if you can guess which Democrats cave in, do something stupid to provide cover for the wingnuts or otherwise turn victory into defeat, maybe even the White House itself.