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Can Republicans Win a Government Shutdown?

Dave M Wrote: Jan 12, 2013 12:32 AM
Certainly they can win it. Provided they KEEP it shut down long enough for people to realize what a good thing no bureaucrats is.
Texas Chris Wrote: Jan 14, 2013 11:12 AM
I agree. Americans need to learn how unneeded, how inconsequential, the federal government really is.
If Republicans do happen to force a shutdown in Washington, it's very possible they'll be embracing a political loser while doing the rest of us an immense favor.

With three Washington-manufactured fiscal apocalypses -- sequestration, the debt ceiling and a new "budget" -- on the docket, the idea of shutting down government to extract concessions from the iron trap sometimes known as the Obama administration has gained traction among Republicans. Or, I should say, the idea of threatening to shut down Washington has.

Pat Toomey, John Cornyn and other conservatives have said as much, though they've littered their shutdown statements with comforting modifiers,...