The mainstream media and political pundits have often been dead wrong on major events, and that's what makes me optimistic about the current standoff in Washington, D.C.
I believe many inside the media bubble were confident the Democrats would enact sweeping gun control legislation following last December's horrible killings of school children in Connecticut.
Karl Rove, Dick Morris and many pollsters thought Mitt Romney would defeat Barack Obama in last November's presidential election. They provided ample reasons why. But they were wrong, having overlooked the Obama campaign's effectiveness at using technology and employing a thorough "ground game" to get out the Democrat voters.
The prognosticators' total cluelessness going into the November 2010 midterm elections was another example of the supposed "smart people" getting caught completely off guard. Few pundits predicted the Republicans would drub the Democrats in the congressional election and also fare extremely well in gubernatorial and state legislative races from coast to coast.
For several months, I have suspected that the issues of Obamacare, unceasing deficits and a threatened government shutdown were being grossly misinterpreted and misreported by our abysmal media and the plethora of spineless RINO Republicans.
Earlier this week I was heartened to see this Bloomberg News poll that revealed 61 percent of those polled believed President Obama was wrong to demand that the debt limit be raised without conditions. This demonstrates that we the people "get it." We recognize how perilous our massive deficits are and how profound will be our trouble if we don't soon change our ways.
What transpires this weekend and on Monday in Congress may result in a less than satisfactory outcome for conservatives sick and tired of our debt hole getting deeper every year. But then again, it might bring about some limited spending restraint or a delay in Obamacare's individual mandate. And even if the outcome by next week isn't great, Republicans still ought to leverage the will of the people when it's time to negotiate increasing the debt ceiling in a couple of weeks.
If they don't, they may pay a heavy price from disillusioned, fed up voters sitting on their hands come November 2014.