House Republicans went to Obama and offered him everything he wants for a six-week period. That offer allows Congress to continue a debate about government spending, while ending a shutdown that, while illusory (83% of the government is working and federal workers will get all their back pay) is nevertheless inconvenient, especially for Americans who want to visit their national parks. It’s actually a win for Democrats too, because it gives them an excuse to back off the disaster that is the Obamacare rollout. Obama, however, said “No.”
And I suddenly realized what all of this reminded me of. It’s the real life version of the sadist and the masochist joke:
The masochist and the sadist are in a room together. The masochist is on his knees before the sadist, begging.
“Please, Mr. Sadist, please beat me! I want to be beaten. Oh, and yes, when you’re done beating me, get out the whip. I love the whip. Please whip me. Or maybe you’d like to walk on my prone body with spike heels. Yes, yes! That’s what I want.”
The sadist stares contemplatively at the groveling, begging masochist, and gives his answer:
Welcome to Obama’s America.