While news media obsesses on the 2016 horse race and Islamophobia, time is quietly dropping through the hourglass to a government shutdown.
The Senate passed a short-term continuing resolution to keep the government open through December 16th, because the Republican-controlled Congress cannot seem to figure out exactly what they think they're doing with repealing the Affordable Care Act, defunding Planned Parenthood, refusing Syrian refugees, and refusing to debate continuing war in Syria.
Great leadership, there guys.
Assuming the House will approve the short-term continuing resolution before midnight tomorrow, the clock will restart and run out on the 16th.
All of this will then lead to something passing with the odious riders about refugees, the ACA and Planned Parenthood, which they'll send to the President.
President Obama will of course, veto it.
You can also assume Republicans will wait until five minutes before midnight tomorrow or the 16th for that veto pen to hit the paper, so they can all go on the Sunday shows and blame the President for shutting down the government right before the holidays.
Do NOT let them do this. If you have a voice, use it. Tell your representative to take out the policy riders and pass a damned clean budget. If they do succeed in shutting down the government, can we please not allow them to claim it was the President's fault?
I can hardly wait for Chuck Todd to blame "both sides," after he and every other cable news host on every other cable news channel hasn't bothered to even report on what's going on with it.
I've given you their game plan. Let's defeat it.