My column on CNN.com
One of these days, I want to make a list. Actually, I want to make two lists of liberal pundits, commentators and politicians.
On one, I will list all of the people who are incapable of or unwilling to have a serious discussion about the budget crisis. On the other, I will list all of the people who are simply wrong. It might look something like this:
Incapable: Joan Walsh, Ed Schultz
Simply wrong: Ezra Klein, Matt Yglesias
To understand the difference between the two lists, you need to understand the difference between “Catwoman” and “Hard Ticket to Hawaii.” You see, both movies are bad. Both are horribly written, display no character development and have incomprehensible plots. But while “Catwoman” thinks it can suck you in with fancy casting (Halle Berry … so, granted, it was a valiant effort), it ultimately leaves you pissed that you gave away $10. Meanwhile, “Hard Ticket to Hawaii,” a 1987 B movie starring four Playboy Playmates, has action sequences that are off by a couple of beats and a random snake appearance, but it’s endearing.
The difference is honesty. One group is trying to put one over on you. The other is being honest about what it’s offering. We need an honest debate about the hard choices we face in our national budget crisis, and we’re not getting it.