Just an ordinary day in phony equivalence for the professional newswriters among us.
Reminder: You are scheduled to have your goal posts moved (again!) next Wednesday.
This New York Times story is nothing special. That’s why I picked it. It tells us that the two sides are dug in on budget negotiations and have become equally intransigent, making a deal harder to imagine. “The two parties harden their position on spending and taxes.” The rest of the account has that fake symmetry we have come to expect from Washington journalists.
Let’s recap. The Republicans have dug in. They’re intransigent. They say no tax increases… no matter what!
The Democrats are dug in too. Equally intransigent. They say no spending cuts… no matter what!
That’s Washington for you.
Hold on, a producer is talking in my ear…. [Dead air for eight seconds.]
Ladies and gentleman, a slight correction to what I said earlier.
Republicans are saying: no new taxes, no matter what. (Whew.)
But Democrats are actually saying: we’ll agree to cut spending if taxes are raised on the wealthiest Americans.
So they are equally dug in; we were right about that. But there is, uh… no real symmetry in the positions they are dug in about. We should have made that clear. We regret moving the goal posts on you. Without your permission.
(Hat tip, Harris Meyer.)