The whole thing is such a shitshow, the only coverage that doesn't make me want to vomit and then go back to bed for 10 years is the work coming out of the Onion, which is in fine form on this issue. Yesterday, this piece made me laugh until I wept:
Tea Party Leaders Announce Support For Deal In Exchange For Malia Obama
WASHINGTON—As the federal government shutdown stretches into its fourth day, 20 members of the Republican’s Tea Party faction announced this morning they would be willing to support a clean budget resolution bill in exchange for the president’s firstborn daughter, Malia Obama.
While members of the Republican Party’s far-right wing have heretofore been resistant to any sort of deal with the White House over the issue of Obamacare, the Tea Party caucus authored and released a short, tersely worded statement this morning in which they agreed to a swift negotiation of an unstipulated spending bill if the president were to deliver “the firstling.”
“The girl. Bring us the girl,” said Congressman Steve King (R-IA) as he stood beside fellow Tea Party leaders during this morning’s press conference on the steps of the Capitol. “The bill may pass, but the firstborn shall be ours.”
Previously, in pants-wetting brilliance: U.S. On Verge Of Full-Scale Government Hoedown. ("Already donning the bib overalls, Stetson hats, and festive gingham skirts that they will wear throughout what is expected to be a long and strenuous hoedown...")