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Published October 01 2013

Forum editorial: The House spinmeisters unconvincing

When inevitability of a partial federal government shutdown was clear, the Republican Caucus of the U.S. House sent out its most articulate members to justify obstructionism. It was a bizarre performance by spinmeisters, who certainly knew they were spinning an alternative reality.

Asked to restate the goals of the tea party wing of the House, a spinner said: to avoid a government shutdown and to delay or defund Obamacare. A perplexed reporter pointed out that House Republicans achieved neither. The government is shutting down; Obamacare insurance exchanges are up and running as of Tuesday.

If that’s what Republicans call success, how do they define failure?

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