Journalists and commentators offer nuggets of humor and confusion as a deal is not nigh
With the fiscal cliff approaching, confused panic, intransigent realpolitik and “Thelma and Louise” references abound in Twitter’s snarky corners:
The Times Square ball drop should be fiscal cliff themed this year. Let's make civic incompetence fun.— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) December 28, 2012
I wish Waylon Jennings were alive to narrate these last 4 days of fiscal cliff negotiations.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 27, 2012
There's so much BS in Washington right now. I think we have gone over the fecal cliff.— Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) December 27, 2012
I'd like to know what Congress would do if the media just refused to cover the fiscal cliff until something actually happens. Shrivel?— Heidi N. Moore (@moorehn) December 28, 2012
Stop comparing NHL negotiations to the fiscal cliff. The NHL actually has strong incentives to get a deal done. Not the case in the other.— Aaron Gordon (@A_W_Gordon) December 28, 2012
With the fiscal cliff fast approaching, the staff desperately tries to keep Bartlet from watching Thelma and Louise.— West Wing Unaired (@WestWingUnaired) December 28, 2012
I propose banning the following terms on 2013: YOLO, electability, fiscal cliff...— Olliander (@ollieblog) December 28, 2012
And the BBC’s Paul Mason gets to the point:
Economics: the short (postXmas) version. USA about to screw its own economy just as Eurozone did. Same reason, different folks. #fiscalcliff— Paul Mason (@paulmasonnews) December 27, 2012
Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email firstname.lastname@example.org. More Natasha Lennard.
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