Government shutdown: day 16 (the end is near)

It looked like life was going to turn beginning-of-Pleasantville grey the closer we got to the debt ceiling. We were feeling parched, melancholy and generally depleted (much like the national reserve). Then the New Yorker proved that it really was all that bad with the following headline from Ryan Lizza: E-Mails from Congressional Staffers About Why They Hate the Vitter Amendment. If staffers who breathe, sleep, and bleed for our government were hating this thing, what hope was there for the rest of us? Katie Zezima at the Associated Press tweeted this quote from the story: "If they hate Congress, imagine working for it." We promptly lost all hope. Lindsay Tucker at Boston Magazine explained, “We shut down the govt and threatened the credit of the US just to screw our underpaid, overworked staff.” Adam Blenford at BBC called the, “Remarkable, upsetting emails from US Congress staffers angry at proposal to gut their healthcare subsidy.” Alec MacGillis at The New Republic said, “House Republican staffer on the ‘full Vitter": it's "a major morale killer and kick in the gut to staff.’ Farhad Manjoo from the Wall Street Journal had another staffer quote to share: "I am a 30yo married congressional staffer with a 20 month old son who depends on my job for his health insurance.”

Early this morning, the Wall Street Journal wrote about The Debt Denouement. Kelly Evans tweeted from the piece: "It's time to wrap up this comedy of political errors." Christina Vazquez at WPLG Local 10 News added,  “WSJ Op-Ed ‘It's time to wrap up the budget showdown that has become a comedy <br/> of political errors.’” Robert Costa from the National Review called it, “What most House Rs are reading this morning.” Anatole Kaletsky at Reuters pointed out: “Rupert Murdoch abandons Tea Party in WSJ editorial today. Tea Party is over once Fox News megaphone is taken away.”

Similarly, Damien Cave at the the New York Times explained about Viewing the U.S. in Fear and Dismay. He added, “Dodurgali's comment on my story: Kazakhstan is laughing.” Jenny Medina there said, “Los berrinches - how the rest of the world sees us now, from @nytimes international staff.” Colleague Michael Powell took it one step further with this explanation: “Namely, disgust.” Marco Werman from BBC shared this quote from the story: "The Americans aren’t really that unreasonable and self-destructive, are they?" and said, “Hmm, wait and see.”

Proving Cave’s point, the Wall Street Journal wrote that Europe Enjoys "Shutdownfreude" Over U.S. Debt Troubles. John Crowley there wrote, “Love this blog by my colleague @gksteinhauser.” Colleague David Enrich explained: “Europeans, having spent years in their own debt crisis, are gleeful about US budget travails.” Mathieu von Rohr at Der Spiegel countered with, “WSJ claims there's "Shutdownfreude" in Europe. Actually, people are seriously concerned about dysfunctional US system.” Pierre Briançon at Reuters pointed out it’s a “Seriously ridiculous @WSJ headline.”

Then, just as we were about to plan our escapes to Sweden, Norway, or Argentina, Politico announced that House mulls voting 1st on Senate plan. Justin Green at the Washington Examiner said, “Ah, ok, looks like the House votes first to help the Senate clear procedural hurdles. Pull back a bit on last tweet.” Ryan Lizza at CNN wrote, “Humiliation complete: not only will House vote for Senate-brokered deal, they have to vote FIRST.” Suzy Khimm from MSNBC added, “Seems Reid doesn't want provision to give more sequestration flexibility bc it could make it harder to undo the cuts.”

Shortly afterward, Jonathan Chait at New York Magazine wrote Stop Fretting: The Debt-Ceiling Crisis Is Over! Eli Kintisch with Science Magazine tweeted: “Fantastic overview of the end of the crisis by @jonathanchait. Get this guy a Pulitzer already.” Asawin Suebsaeng at Mother Jones tweeted from the piece: "Ending the crisis puts one in the mind of Pulp Fiction’s Marcellus Wallace after...liberated from rapist kidnappers.” Jody Avirgan from WNYC pointed out, “Chait's ability to get over it and pop the champagne is boggling. Do we really think this won't happen again?”

Now that it’s over, CNBC’s Alex Crippen would like you to know that the Washington crisis is no reason to avoid buying securities. Erica Hill at NBC News wrote, “Buffett: Debt limit is 'political weapon of mass destruction.” David Earl reminded us Buffett is the “ORACLE OF #OMAHA.” John Abell from LinkedIn teased: “What do you really think, Mr. Buffett?”

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