What the media want is a massive budget battle not between the Republicans and the Democrats, but between the GOP and the media themselves. For them, it's 1995 again, with another opportunity to derail the conservative agenda with a scorched-earth attack, allowing the Obama agenda to prevail.
And truth doesn't matter.
Pompous network stars, who can find a "victim" for any potential spending cut liberals oppose, will make any insufficient budget-cut proposals sound extreme. "Nightline" host Terry Moran gave us a taste of that with his introduction of Rand Paul: "Up next: Even the most conservative Republicans balk at his proposals for slashing government. We sit down with the newly minted Sen. Rand Paul."
If "even the most conservative Republicans" are going to stick with $61 billion in budget cuts, then they will all be completely worthless in opposing the Obama spending juggernaut. Moran also demonized Paul with this promo: "Sen. No Surrender. He's the most controversial newcomer to Capitol Hill with a radical pedigree. But can Rand Paul's high ideals survive the Senate? We've got the 'Nightline' interview."
Did Moran ever present Obama as a "controversial newcomer" with a "radical pedigree," given he had the most left-wing voting record in the Senate? No. Instead, Moran fawned over Obama repeatedly on the campaign trail about how he was an "American political phenomenon."
Speaking of a "radical pedigree," within weeks of Obama's election, Moran was demanding the president impose extreme measures for the financial crisis -- but in the opposite direction. This "reporter" openly advocated socialism: "Why not just nationalize the banks?"
Welcome to Washington, Rand Paul. You'll only know you're doing the right thing when ABC, CBS and NBC come running at you with cameras ... and straitjackets.