The competition for “most counterproductive comment made to the media” during this whole shutdown saga is over, and it’s not even close: some super-genius “anonymous source” from the White House supposedly told The Wall Street Journal last night that:
“‘We are winning…It doesn’t really matter to us’ how long the shutdown lasts ‘because what matters is the end result.'”
Face, meet palm. President Obama is supposed to be the best poker player around, yet someone in his administration just showed their hand, like, big time. Secretary Jay Carney quickly moved to counter the comment, but you guys are supposed to be on message!
— Jay Carney (EOP) (@PressSec) October 4, 2013
Here’s the runner-up, coming from a North Carolina representative who was all gung-ho for the shutdown until she wasn’t:
“I need my paycheck. That’s the bottom line. I understand that there may be some other members who are deferring their paychecks, and I think that’s admirable. I’m not in that position.”