So That’s What It Looks Like When A Journalist Refuses To Let Politicians Off The Hook

In the hours leading up to the gov't shutdown, which could furlough as many as 800,000 federal employees, CNN's Ashleigh Banfield asked Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) what you'd think would be an easy question: In light of the government shutdown, would you be willing to classify yourselves as "non-essential employees" and forgo your $174,000 congressional salaries? Their infuriatingly smug non-answer tells you pretty much everything you need to know about the current state of Congress.

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