David Vitter Pens Pro-Shutdown Listicle

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Oct. 15 2013 4:01 PM

David Vitter Pens Pro-Shutdown Listicle

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Sen. David Vitter speaks during a news conference on the stimulus package on Feb. 4, 2009 in Washington, D.C.

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This has kind of been subtext for a while, but Sen. David Vitter has gone and made it text by writing a 10 point pro-shutdown listicle, basically arguing that since the shutdown has shut the Environmental Protection Agency down, the shutdown is a good thing all on its own terms.

The issue here, basically, is that Louisiana is a major oil and gas state, and oil and gas producers naturally would prefer it if there were no environmental regulations. In terms of Vitter's listicle, though, I think conservative politicians are supposed to complain about environmentalist "overreach" and such without actually endorsing the view that there should be no environmental regulations whatsoever.

Matthew Yglesias is the executive editor of Vox and author of The Rent Is Too Damn High.