Oct 23, 2013 12:05 PM
The sequester "cuts" would have been obligated in a CR anyway. A shutdown was not necessary to achieve that outcome. To see the consequences-albeit short term-visit the polls re GOP brand and Virginia gubernatorial election. The "cuts" are actually reductions in the scheduled increases built into the baseline budget, but at least they are an initial effort at hard cost containment. More to the point the political consequences of the shutdown remain to be seen, but they obviously aren't positive: by making the politically impossible repeal of the ACA the prime focus the GOP actually helped their political adversaries by diminishing the issue of the deficit as debate point.