Now that the shut down has ended with nothing gained by it but plenty lost by people all over the country, we have the inevitable post-mortems that seek to pin the blame on some and rescue the reputations of others, all done by means of anonymous leaks to the media by those allied with the various Republican factions that ended up losing.
First up are leaks from the camp of speaker John Boehner trying to rehabilitate his reputation for being a sensible deal maker who was boxed in by intransigents within his own party, saying that he never wanted to shut the government down in the first place but got ‘overrun’ by the Tea Partiers and forced to do so, and once the shut down went into play had no choice but to prolong it until the very last minute before completely capitulating.
Not mentioned is that he could have ended the shut down early by bring it up for a vote but did not do so in order to keep his job. That is glossed over because this is his side of the story and actions taken just to keep his job at enormous cost to the country does not make him look good.
In this telling of the story, the Tea Party faction and Ted Cruz are the villains. The next episode of this never-ending soap opera will be people from that camp giving their version of the story, how they were the one who heroically fought on principle but were betrayed by those who simply want to make deals. In this version, I expect senator Mitch McConnell to be the villain..
This is how the game is played in Washington.