I’ve been stunned by how many times I’ve seen the phrase “both sides” over the past week. We joke about this all the time, of course, but it’s stunning just how incapable our media is of accurately describing a system in which one side has gone totally insane. Kthug puts it well (link fixed):
And look at what this does to incentives: no matter how badly Republicans behave, they don’t draw condemnation from the Very Serious People. All you get is tut-tutting about how politics is awful, and if only we had a third party to install Mike Bloomberg as
dictatorpresident all would be well.
Pundits who won’t call out extremism without pretending that it’s symmetric aren’t a big part of our problem, but they are a part of our problem.
Democrats are now offering $2.7T of cuts with no increased tax revenues and Republicans still won’t accept the deal. It’s remarkable! And to listen to the news, you’d think the problem was that Nancy Pelosi was still insisting on government funding for the New Black Panther Party.