Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Oh, Them Crashing Websites

Congressional websites went down last night after the President asked people to contact members of Congress. Wonder what they TRIED to say?

Oh, Them Crashing Websites

(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: Yo, boss, did you contact your congressperson last night like the President asked?

BE: Huh?

JB: Didn't you watch the president's national address from the White House on the debt ceiling crisis?

BE: I've got my own debt crisis. Besides I was watching "The Closer" on TNT. Great show.

JB: Geez, the nation's going down the tubes, the economy's back on the brink of collapse and you're watching Kevin Bacon's wife?

BE: Kyra's keen.

JB: Listen, this is serious stuff. The Prez looked the American people in the eye, well, OK, he looked a teleprompter in the eye, and said, "I am asking you all to make your voice heard. If you want a balanced approach to reducing the deficit, let your member of Congress know. If you believe we can solve this problem through compromise, send that message."

BE: And?

JB: Apparently, too many Americans tried to make their voices heard. Politico and The National Journal report that many congressional websites crashed between 10 and 11 p.m. No word yet on what the phone traffic was like, or is like today.

BE: Think folks responding were interested in a "balanced approach?"

JB: Not sure. But, just off the top of my head, I'm thinking there are more people with quick and easy access to electronic and wireless communication devices that are on the side of spending cuts than there are on the side of a "balanced approach," whatever that is at this stage.

BE: So, you think maybe the crashers tended to be more Tea Party types than compromisers?

JB: Just a guess. Because it feels to me everything the Prez sought or is seeking -- new revenue instead of bigger cuts, long-term instead of short-term debt-ceiling fix -- is slipping away from him as the clock ticks down.

BE: Think we'll get a true sense of what the citizen response last night was like?

JB: Maybe on Fox News.

BE: Oh, right, cuz they tap the phones.

JB: Grrrr.





John Baer Daily News Political Columnist
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John is the author of the book "On The Front Lines of Pennsylvania Politics: Twenty-Five Years of Keystone Reporting" (The History Press, 2012). Reach John at baerj@phillynews.com.

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