Actually, today, only one dog -- shouldn't we be getting a leak from a super-secret meeting of either Republicans or Democrats (or both) in which they privately are given to much anguished wailing because they really, really, really want to make a budget deal but the other side just won't do it?
Instead, all we're getting is stories about Republicans barely managing to stifle their cheers over a shutdown -- and Democrats "secretly" calling Republicans extremists, which of course is the same thing they're saying publicly.
Yes, I know -- both sides are publicly saying that they don't want a shutdown. But everyone knows that's just spin; it would be more convincing if we had secret, behind-the-scenes "confirmation" of it.
(That is, it wouldn't really be very convincing, because such a self-serving leak would obviously be spin. But, you know, they do have people paid to do that, and shouldn't they be earning their keep by producing "leaks" designed to make them look good?)