At a time when the GOP just benefited from $190 million in campaign cash from outside organizations to take control of the House of Representatives, it’s insane that Republicans are quibbling over a few million dollars in federal grants for public radio, especially when it’s unlikely they’ll succeed in their de-funding efforts. But as journalist and media critic Dan Kennedy points out, the war isn’t even really about NPR. “It's a political statement, not a genuine policy position; and it's a convenient cudgel with which to beat Democrats and liberals over the head.”