John Boehner Gives Shutdown Press Conference, Doesn’t Mention Shutdown

A colleague pointed that out after the speaker of the House finished his brief, two-question statement on the House’s vote to start a conference on the budget. Even when asked about his “message” to those being furloughed, Boehner did not mention that a shutdown was actually occuring.

The message is that … something is happening, and the GOP is trying to make Washington more fair by raising health care costs for federal employees.

Read the rest of Slate’s coverage of the government shutdown.