“Wouldn’t it be ironic if the government shuts down because our leadership won’t offer a bill that Republicans will vote for? That’s what happened this week,” said freshman Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), one of the leading agitators pushing to defund the health-care law, even if it means shutting down the government.Well, no. That isn't what irony means.
But referring to "Republican leadership" is delusional.
The New York Times has a short blog comment, which seems inadequate to the occasion, but, after all, it is Fashion Week in Manhattan. Still, it doesn't take many words to describe the situation:
Some senior Republican aides say that as long as House Republicans remain united in opposition, they don’t see how the package can pass. But House leadership aides expressed confidence that the revolt could be cooled down by next week.What would be ironic would be if Syria brings down the American national government by distracting everyone's attention to chemical weapons. I don't think that was the kind of regime change Incurious George intended to set in motion in 2003.