The government shut down one hour after The Daily Show ushered out the old fiscal year with a Rockin' Shutdown Eve segment. This probably won't come as a surprise to anyone, but Jon Stewart places 100 percent of the blame on House Republicans for refusing to pass the budget unless Obama defeunded "the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, also known as the end of America as we know it for reasons no one can clearly explain," he said.
What can be explained pretty clearly is the constitutionality of Obamacare. Stewart pulled out a copy of the constitution from his pocket, as many Republican are wont to do. A moment later he gave up on that and turned to the classic Schoolhouse Rock song on bills becoming laws.
But Republicans still want the President to meet them halfway — they'll fund the government if the president repeals or defunds a law vetted and passed by the methods laid out in the constitution. "Are you familiar with how the world works? Did you see the [New York Giant's football] game on Sunday? Okay, they lost 31-7," Stewart said. "And you know what the Giants didn't say after that game? 'If you don't give us 25 points by midnight on Monday we will shut down the fuckin' NFL.'"
But nothing sums up "the degree to which the Republicans have left the plane of reason," in Stewart's words, better than their talking point that President Obama would rather negotiate with Russia and Iran than with them. "You're not helping yourself. If it turns out that President Obama can make a deal with the most intransigent, hard-line, unreasonable totalitarian mullahs in the world, but not with Republicans, maybe he's not the problem." Considering the fact that Obama and Iran haven't shut anything down today, he has a point.
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