Otherworldly is probably more accurate, but I'll just say welcome to John Boehner's Orwellian world of GOPSpeak, as blithered on a conference call yesterday to his membership: "The president's threat to shut down the government if we implement his sequester is not a defensible position. The American people won't stand for it, and we're not going to be swayed by it."
One can almost hear the tee-heeing ruptures rippling from throughout RadicalLand to Boehner's ear. Good one, John, we are amused.
Of course it goes without blithering that no one believes it; not Boehner, not his rank-and-file membership, not even the base. But that's entirely OK, since GOP politics has been reduced to self-anacondizing maneuvers of slow party strangulation.
This "strategy" is baffling only to those whose calenders extend beyond early November '14.
However I think, for now, Boehner thinks he has dodged the '13 shutdown bullet. In hustling a temporary CR he can avert his membership's apocalyptic slaverings toward the debt ceiling, which--and this makes it the perfect promise to the average GOP Houser--is even dumber and more destructive than a shutdown.
Boehner's calendar does extend beyond November '14. For now, though, he's just trying to avert one colossally clusterfucked-up mistake at a time. And every little bit of Orwellian raw meat--such as "the president's threat to shut down the government"--helps him. Or at least it can't hurt him.