The Devil is in the Lack of Details


A sampling of the reaction to the House GOP’s “there’s nothing to see here” budget announcement. From Gibbs’ mocking to Contessa Brewer’s rant to Norah O’Donnell’s skewering of Rep. Mike Pence for specifics:

Late Update: Ezra Klein calls it his favorite “budget” ever:

If you’re having a bad day, I highly encourage you to spend some quality time with the Republican budget proposal. It’s reads like what would happen if The Onion put together a budget. “Area Man Releases Proposal for 2010 Federal Spending Priorities.” (Though, to paraphrase William F. Buckley, it turns out that I’d prefer a federal budget written by an area man than the first six names on the House Republican Leadership roster.) …

The threat going around the Capitol is that some impish Democratic chairman will ask the CBO to try and score the Republican proposal.


David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.