We have been very clear that the Republicans specifically those in the House are responsible for the government shutdown that is now in its second week and hurting many people. But the blame for reducing the citizens of the District of Columbia to collateral damage in this federal standoff lies entirely with the Democrats: Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid and President Obama, to be precise.
Their opposition to a measure that would allow the District to spend its locally raised tax dollars makes a mockery of their professed support of D.C. home rule and threatens critical operations in the nation's capital.
"I'm on your side, don't screw it up, okay? Don't screw it up," Reid had the gall to tell Mayor Vincent C. Gray, a Democrat, Wednesday after Gray confronted him with the outrage of the city not being able to spend its own money. "Talk to the Republicans. They're the ones objecting," Mr. Reid said.