Under markedly persistent questioning from CNN “State of the Union” host Candy Crowley, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz brought her peculiar version of reality to viewers on Sunday to falsely accuse Republicans of forcing the government shutdown set to take place at midnight Monday, falsely accuse Republicans of being unwilling to negotiate, and falsely accuse Obamacare opponents of becoming “unhinged.”
Three untruths on national television for the South Florida Democrat — and the sun wasn’t even up yet.
First, the Constitution gives the House of Representatives the sole power of initiating spending bills. The Senate has to the power to agree or disagree. The House produced a spending bill. The Senate – under Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. – rejected it and has done nothing to forge a compromise. Reid’s indolent Senate failed even to meet on Sunday to consider the matter. That’s a reality Wasserman Schultz chooses to ignore, but is it the Republicans’ fault?
Second, it’s the Democrats who are refusing to negotiate the funding future of Obamacare, as noted by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., in a video Crowley played during the interview. Paul proposed a conference committee be appointed to work out differences between the two houses of Congress.
“Republicans and Democrats are supposed to find middle ground,” he said. “But right now, it’s the president saying, ‘my way or the highway.’”
That’s another reality Wasserman Schultz didn’t even try to argue with. First, she blithely ignored the Paul statement, then buried the whole question in the minutiae of conference committees and continuing resolutions before returning to her mantra: “If the government shuts down, it’s totally the Republicans’ fault.”
Finally, it isn’t Republicans, tea party or otherwise, who are “unhinged” by the Obamacare chimera – and it never has been.
Wasserman Schultz and her fellow party members, infatuated with a newly elected Barack Obama and intoxicated with their own governing majorities in the House and Senate during the disastrous years of 2009-10 are the party who’ve become “unhinged” by the Obamacare fable – and who’ve spent hundreds of millions of dollars foisting that fable on the rest of the country.
Staying ruthlessly on message is a Wasserman Schultz specialty, and the compliance of her allies in the media does little to challenge it.
But saying something doesn’t make it reality.
Unless you’re unhinged.
Check out Wasserman Schultz on “State of the Union” here.