Spackled into every crack in the crumbling wall which protects our Elite Beltway Overlords from any form of accountability you will always find the vast and pervasive fraud of Both Sides. The Big Lie of Centrism.
In fact, once you start to look for it you'll begin to notice that the wall which protects our Elite Beltway Overlords wall is now mostly Centrist spackle: that our system of political reporting is now so entirely on autopilot that whenever there is the slightest threat that Republican perfidy or bigotry or sabotage might be reported as explicitly Republican perfidy or bigotry or sabotage, one of the system's extremely well-paid maintenance drones will immediately appear to squirt a gob of Both Siderist goo into the fissure.
This Friday's featured Loyal Beltway Maintenance Drone is Mr. David Brooks, who proved himself reliably incapable of merely reporting the fact that Republican government shutdown was an obvious disaster --
DAVID BROOKS: The government shutdown was one.
-- without balancing that catastrophe out with something he asserts is an equally catastrophic Democratic action (modest filibuster reform), as well as a third disaster that is apparently the fault of "Congress" generically:
DAVID BROOKS: The government shutdown was one. I would say the change in the filibuster rules was a disaster, and then the failure to pass immigration reform, which really has majority support. So I think that is three pretty big strikes. I think they have earned whatever their approval rating is, 1.2 or whatever it is at this point.
Two seconds later, we find Mr. Brooks perfectly capable of noting that Congress is in terrible shape:
DAVID BROOKS: I think it's been a pretty lamentable, lamentable Congress...
But being a Loyal Beltway Maintenance Drone, Mr. Brooks is financially hardwired to reflexively lie about why the Congress is in such lamentable condition, and so we find the blame for the Republican Party breaking the Congress scattered all over God's little acre with nary a mention of the word "Republican" anywhere to be found:
DAVID BROOKS: I think it's been a pretty lamentable, lamentable Congress. And that is partly because of Congress, partly because of the country, frankly, and partly because the president has not gathered a governing majority at any point in his presidency, some 60-vote majority that he can count on time and time again.
Mr. Brooks went on to say more silly, ignorant things (many of which he will probably reprise on Meet the Gregory this Sunday) but the Centrist scriptural lesson was clear:
For where two or three are gathered to try to name names, a Both Siderist watchdog will be there with them.