Why futile? The RADICAL TEA PARTY, had the start of a negotiating position. I mean eventually, the left is hurt more by gov't shutdown than the right. It's the left who can't deliver transfer payments to its dependent class; they don't vote for the right anyway. So shut it down. See who blinks first. Our spending is simply unsustainable; why allow Democrats to continue that trend unabated? Fear of being savaged by a media that savages Republicans regardless and will always shill for the left? Sheer stupidity.