The right-wing Republicans could only play this game so long, manufacturing a series of crises by threatening government shutdowns and default on the National Debt, without eventually having to shoot a hostage.
Now, for the second time in nine days, the House of Representatives has voted to shut down the federal government. Even if the Senate agreed to the CR the House passed in the middle of the night, there is no way it could reach the President’s desk before spending authority runs out at 12:01 am Tuesday. And the Senate won’t agree.
This is on them. The issue isn’t the Affordable Care Act, that’s going forward even during a government shutdown. The issue is the shutdown itself. Republicans are dreaming if they think they can get away with blaming their actions on the Dems.
The downside: it may not be possible for public approval of Congress to go any lower than it already is.