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About Face: Washington Post Reverses Itself—Decides GOP is Solely to Blame for Shutdown

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The Washington Post, which on Sunday criticized both parties for the impending government shutdown, had a change of heart. By Wednesday they decided that the Republicans were solely to blame for closing most of the federal government on Tuesday.

This is what the Post said on September 29:

Ultimately, the grown-ups in the room will have to do their jobs, which in a democracy with divided government means compromising for the common good. That means Mr. Boehner, his counterpart in the Senate, Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), minority leaders Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the president. Both sides are inordinately concerned with making sure that, if catastrophe comes, the other side takes the political hit. In truth, none of their reputations stands to benefit.

But just a couple of days later, the Post must have realized that they were out of step with the rest of the liberal media and decided that the blame should rest solely on the shoulders of the Republicans:

AMERICANS’ RESPECT for their Congress has, sad to say, diminished in recent years [2]. But citizens still expect a minimal level of competence and responsibility: Pay the bills and try not to embarrass us in front of the world.

By those minimal standards, this Congress is failing. More specifically, the Republican leaders of the House of Representatives are failing. They should fulfill their basic duties to the American people or make way for legislators who will.

Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Budget Committee chairman and former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and their colleagues may be in a difficult political position. Honestly, we don’t much care. They need to reopen the government and let it pay its bills.

All of a sudden, any mention of any obstinance by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) disappeared as the Post zeroed in on Republicans as the sole reason for the shutdown.

The Post editorial board said that they weren’t rabid partisans, but’s it’s hard to believe them after this reversal.