The government will
shut down, and will stay shut down until Obama agrees to end Obamacare.
Perhaps even until he agrees to the complete Paul Ryan plan, including the gutting of Medicare and 25% top tax. The appalling degree of media praise heaped on Ryan tells me that the fix is in.
On the other hand: Perhaps if the Republicans get what they want now -- if they inflict genuine pain, if they measurably worsen the quality of American life, if the people understand that a bad plan bears their
signature -- we may have the political basis for the candidacy of a real Democrat in 2012. The Bush years proved that conservative propaganda can triumph over anything -- anything except
for the inevitable failure of conservatism in power.On another topic:
I was utterly shocked by the college campus shooting in Alabama. There's a college