As Polls Plummet, Rightbloggers Get to Work on Their New Shutdown Excuses
"Veterans first fought America's wars," perorated WorldNetDaily, "then they fought the National Park Service over White House-ordered closures of war memorials because of the partial shutdown of the federal government." Unlike Hitler, however, Obama remains in office, so patriots formed a website declaring that "Barack Obama" -- none of this "President" stuff for the Kenyan Pretender! -- "is behaving like a vicious tyrant. And if he succeeds in this assault on the democratic system, the republic we love is at mortal risk." Joining the Vets would be a "2 Million Bikers," WorldNetDaily excitedly continued. It would be like Lafayette coming to the aid of the Boys of '76, but much less Frenchy.
"'Million' vets are in DC to demand their monuments be opened," reported Susan L. Ruth at the Washington Times, and sure enough, a large group of people ("CNN estimated the amount of attendees in the 'hundreds,'" charitably recorded Mediaite) "removed the barriers and have entered the monument." Also, "about 15 tractor trailer trucks from the Ride for the Constitution protest, which took place two days ago, but mostly turned out to be a non-event, have arrived at the memorial protest to lend their support to the veterans."
Ruth went on: "It has been reported by CNN that some of the protestors have made their way to the White House where they threw barricades aside and got into some pushing and shoving with the police on duty. The police were able to reassemble the barricades and push the protestor back away from the White House gates." One would have thought, this being a Million Vet March starring the Greatest Generation etc., the group could have easily Taken the Hill and kicked Soetoro out.
Some big rightblogger sites whistled idly and looked the other way, but others told credulous readers that the event had been a great success.
"'Million Vets March' in DC proves again barricading memorials an exercise in futility," said Doug Powers at the Michelle Malkin site. So henceforth, if you see a barricade -- excuse us, "Barry-cade" -- in D.C, just knock it down and say you're a veteran; who's gonna check? (Powers noted a "heavy police presence" at the National Mall, which he apparently thought was a new thing, and added, "that's just a 'Rapid Response Barry-cade Reconstruction Team' and later some of them will be paid overtime to put the barriers back up at the memorials." These moochers get away with everything!)
Ben Shapiro at Breitbart.com expressed outrage that the media was spinning this patriotic display as a mere collection of "TEA PARTY CRAZIES." For example, said Shapiro, CNN reported that "one speaker went as far as saying the president was a Muslim and separately urged the crowd of hundreds to initiate a peaceful uprising." It was unfair, Shapiro said, for CNN to focus on "one speaker, Larry Klayman" and to have "tried to lump in former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in with Klayman." Klayman, by the way, happens to be a frequent contributor to Breitbart.com.
Shapiro also complained that people were getting all worked up just because someone from the protest was waving a Confederate flag in front of the White House. "Media members descended as one on the flagman," he wrote -- so unfair! Next we'll find out the guy with the Stars and Bars writes for Breitbart, too. Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit tweeted that the flag was "Prob a plant. Usually is." To paraphrase Tom Lehrer: When correctly viewed/everything is skewed.
Glenn Beck's The Blaze tried to get a little outrage going: "A video posted Sunday at The Blaze," reported Joe Newby at the Examiner, "shows that for a time, police armed with batons faced off against 'Million Vet March' protesters at the White House." No link, but we think he's talking about this. It appears none of the vets were gassed and beaten or otherwise treated like, say, Occupy protesters on a good day.
The protests wound down, leaving the brethren demoralized. Some seemed sorry they'd ever heard of a shutdown. When former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka told the press that, had he run for the Senate seat that Barack Obama won in 2004, he "probably would have" won, National Review's Jonathan Adler sighed, "Barack Obama would not have become President in 2008, and there would be no government shut down." We wonder if Hillary Clinton got a laugh out of that.
"House GOP Preparing to Give Up," headlined RedState honcho Erick Erickson. "John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Mitch McConnell, and John Cornyn will ensure that Obamacare is fully funded and give the American public no delay like businesses have," he lamented. "In doing so, they will sow the seeds of a real third party movement that will fully divide the Republican Party."
But you can't keep a good apparatchik down, and later Erickson was commanding the troops to "Get Out Your Checkbook NOW" so rock-ribbed rightwing orgs like Heritage Action for America and the Senate Conservatives Fund can primary RINOs and make sure the next time Republicans try this there'll be no pale pastels nor weeping willies. Next time for sure!
And still later, Erickson had a new cause with which to animate himself. Democrats, apparently emboldened by the public opinion rout the shutdown has brought to the GOP and willing to make demands of their own, were now holding out in the Senate not only for a resumption of government services, but also for an end to the sequestration cuts that Republicans won months ago. A few days earlier, Ross Douthat was talking about the sequestration, rather hopefully, as "as a model (however limited and flawed) for how actual compromise can work" in the shutdown battle; now it seems it's the Democrats who aren't in the mood for compromise.
Erickson was having none of it. "Sequestration Is the Bipartisan Law of the Land," he roared, echoing GOP Senator Rand Paul. "...Democrats ensured the GOP had no seat at the table for Obamacare. So the GOP should hold on sequestration and offer nothing."
Rightbloggers began to line up. "Dems Push on Reversing Sequester -- Republicans say Democrats now in danger of overreaching as debt ceiling deadline looms," headlined the Washington Free Beacon. "George Will: Dem Efforts to Break Sequester Will Unite GOP," headlined National Review.
And so in the nick of time rightbloggers got what they needed -- a hill to die on that they haven't died on yet! And that should get them, and us, through another week, at least.