1. Demand For Obama To "Put The Quran Down" Just One Of Many Staggeringly Smart Things Said At Ted Cruz's Rally
As might be expected, Ted Cruz' Million Vet March on the Memorials — which drew hundreds of Tea Party conservatives to D.C. this weekend, some of whom were probably veterans — was a hotbed of intellectualism and rationality. Cruz, who headlined the event, which was organized in an attempt to use the closure of the WWII Memorial to shame the President, said, "Our veterans should be above politics. Enough games." Sarah Palin said something Sarah Palin-y. And Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch called for Americans to rise up and "demand that this president leave town, to get up, to put the Quran down, to get up off his knees, and to figuratively come out with his hands up." And, just like that, America got a little bit better.
Y'all are going to come around on this shutdown when Ted Cruz reveals he's Banksy.— Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) October 14, 2013
2. Republicans Changed House Rules So Government Shutdown Couldn't Be Stopped, Just Like Any Halfway-Decent Cartoon Villain Would
Some people may make hay out of the news that Republicans changed the rules of the House of representatives, just hours before the government shutdown, to make it impossible for anyone but John Boehner to introduce a bill to fund the government. But those people are just silly. It's standard procedure in any hostage situation to barricade all the doors until a ransom is delivered. You can't just have your hostages wandering out the back door while you're threatening to kill them. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat from Maryland, recently shined light upon the situation.