Well, the federal government is (partially) shutdown, but essential functions will continue. You know, stuff like national security, public safety and Congressman Marsha Blackburn's television appearances.
This morning, Blackburn joined "Fox & Friends" to talk about the shutdown and Obamacare. There's plenty to be troubled by here, like the part when Blackburn says "this is traditionally how we have achieved big reforms in this country, by wrapping it around a debt ceiling" or the fact that Fox News continues to provide aid and comfort to Steve Doocy. But for now, we'll point out one thing in particular.
After banging on about how it's President Obama who wants a government shutdown, the congressman can't resist noting with just a hint of glee that "people are probably going to realize they can live with a lot less government than what they thought they needed." In a moment that shows just how much cats-and-dogs-living-together mass hysteria results from a government shutdown, it fell to Brian Kilmeade to point out that Blackburn's observation might be true "unless you're one of the thousands [who] have been told to stay home, who live paycheck to paycheck." (More on who some of those people are here and here.)
"That's right," Blackburn says, apparently remembering that, unlike members of Congress, some people could miss a paycheck as a result of the shutdown.
Other people that might not be chuckling about how they "can live with a lot less government that what they thought they needed"? Women and children who rely on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) for help buying healthy food for their kids.
"That's right," we imagine Blackburn saying before rushing off to her next TV hit.