I can't say I look forward to a government shutdown, but the pain might end our obstruction prone two party system. We have 40 or so House arch conservatives who cannot even be controlled by a typically obstructionist Speaker now trying to play the roll of conciliator and failing miserably.
I think the potential for a voter backlash is high. One thing is certain. We would be debating the outcomes of definitive legislative policy making rather than debating the endless and tiresome failure to act on any matters of substance.
-- Jon Wolfson, Sacramento