"Little Buddy Gonna Shut "em Down!"
Woody thinks the risks entailed by a Govt. shut-down are substantial, but as The Shrill One notes, "Unfortunately, many Republicans either don’t understand this or don’t care."
They understand. And they don't care because they are pretty sure that they've got the public relations 'get-out-of-jail' card: They can blame the Negro, and the "people" (a substantial majority) will buy it, particularly in retrospect, next year, no matter WHAT the "press" says, even if it records that Tea-hadist intransigence created domestic and international havoc.
The Righturds and Fucktards and Wackloons can be sure that, no matter what happens, with enough atttention from the Rightard media 'echo chamber,' enough of the "people" will blame Prez Lowbar, for anything at all--already 40% of folks in Louisiana blame LowBar for the poor Katrina response--that the Tea-hadists can escape electoral responsibility. It's a "perfect storm," for 'em: Win-win.
The conditions are very different from the Gingrich shut-down, in '96. Then there was a presidential election and Clenis had coat-tails. This time, the next election is still a year away and the Prez won't be on the ballot (though he will, of course, still be the major issue). The Tea-hadistas will be safe as houses, because--as HL Mencken cynically noted--"No one in this world has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost political office thereby."