Up and about early today, to beat the heat, and over breakfast break I thought I’d take a look at the news. Instructive. The maw of instant news must be filled whether anything happens or not, and when nothing actually does happen (something is always happening, of course, but only Some Particular Things count when it comes to what we’re supposed to be thinking about) that itself becomes the news.
The Supreme Court’s ruling on President Obama’s health care law could be announced Thursday morning, a development that would have major implications regardless of the decision.
As HuffPost’s Supreme Court correspondent Mike Sacks reported, the verdict is anyone’s guess:
During oral arguments in late March, the court’s five Republican-appointed justices appeared to lean strongly toward invalidating the Affordable Care Act’s individual health-insurance mandate. The four Democrat appointees lined up solidly behind the law. Still, views may have softened in the weeks since the arguments, and the complexity of the issues involved may have left some room for twists and turns as the justices sat down to write their opinions.After prolonged anticipation, the court is expected to hand down its decision on whether the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate is constitutional by the end of the month. If no ruling is issued on Thursday, the decision could come next Monday. The justices could also decide to add more decision days next week, further adding to the uncertainty of when the ruling will arrive.
Translation: Space must be filled, clicks must be had, words must be written and we don’t have a fucking clue. Thus today’s headline is; Anticipatory Uncertainty Wracks Newsrooms from Coast to Coast.
There’s no hope, I tell you. None.
Fuck this, back to moving a big pile of dirt for me. That’s really happening.
Edit; Oh wait, hold the presses! There is some news after all, buried a little deeper (emphasis mine);
Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign asked Florida Governor Rick Scott to tone down his statements heralding improvements in the state’s economy because they clash with the presumptive Republican nominee’s message that the nation is suffering under President Barack Obama, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Scott, a Republican, was asked to say that the state’s jobless rate could improve faster under a Romney presidency, according to the people, who asked not to be named.
U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney addresses a campaign rally at Cornwall Iron Furnace in Cornwall, Pennsylvania. Photographer: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images
What’s unfolding in Florida highlights a dilemma for the Romney campaign: how to allow Republican governors to take credit for economic improvements in their states while faulting Obama’s stewardship of the national economy. Republican governors in Ohio, Virginia, Michigan and Wisconsin also have highlighted improving economies.
Scott should follow the advice of the Romney campaign and it won’t undermine his own message, said Mac Stipanovich, a political strategist and lobbyist in Florida.
“This is one of those situations where you could have it both ways and there’s enough truth in it that it would resonate,” Stipanovich said. “It would be better if everybody was singing from the same hymnal.”
Ah yes. The People who Asked not to Be Named. And, of course, The Hymnal.