"It is a game of political gamesmanship, of course. The House can refuse to pass a Continuing Resolution, and the media will immediately begin painting the Republicans in the House as starving babies and throwing granny off the cliff."
Which is why the last time Republicans tried this was 1994 - 1995. A lot of cons don't get this, and they get very angry with Boehner et al for not "standing up" to the Dems. But the fact is, it's always a PR nightmare for the Republicans, because they're unable to do a good job explaining why reducing the deficit and shrinking the government is good for almost everyone, and you know the LSM isn't going to spread that message.