EZRA KLEIN: "This is all about stopping a law that increases taxes on rich people and reduces subsidies to private insurers in Medicare in order to help low-income Americans buy health insurance. That's it. That's why the Republican Party might shut down the government and default on the debt."
RYAN LIZZA: "The ability of eighty members of the House of Representatives to push the Republican Party into a strategic course that is condemned by the party’s top strategists is a historical oddity. It’s especially strange when you consider some of the numbers behind the suicide caucus. As we approach a likely government shutdown this month and then a more perilous fight over raising the debt ceiling in October, it’s worth considering the demographics and geography of the eighty districts whose members have steered national policy over the past few weeks."
ERICK ERICKSON: "The GOP now has no winning hand. None. The medical device tax is laughably ridiculous and just a crony capitalist ploy. The Vitter amendment is just for show. They’ve already stripped from it a prohibition on in house doctors. If Congress passes the Vitter amendment, they’ll just give staff big pay raises and use your tax dollars to hire a bunch of doctors just for Congress. What else does the GOP have? Nothing."
MICHAEL GERSON: " We are no longer seeing a revolt against the Republican leadership, or even against the Republican “establishment”; this revolt is against anyone who accepts the constraints of political reality. Conservatives are excommunicated not for holding the wrong convictions but for rational calculations in service of those convictions."
The grim face of tyranny: pic.twitter.com/eEPkpOg1e8— Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias) October 1, 2013
MANU RAJU: "Despite a firm belief that the public is on their side in opposition to Obamacare, there is palpable fear among Republicans on Capitol Hill that they will not be rewarded for taking such a tough stand against the law, which helped lead to the first government shutdown in 17 years early Tuesday. And there is even deeper concern that President Barack Obama won’t give any ground in the battle over his signature legislative achievement and House Speaker John Boehner will eventually capitulate, leaving Republicans with little to show for after a raging political fight."
ANDY BOROWITZ: "In a blockbuster documentary to be broadcast tonight, the Fox News Channel alleges that Obamacare is 'little more than a thinly veiled scheme to force Americans to live longer.' The documentary, called 'The Ugly Truth About Obamacare,' claims that President Obama 'is cynically using the health-care law to achieve his true objective: raising the life expectancy of Americans without their consent.'" [SATIRE ALERT]
With the Dept. of Education closed - kids will be able to pray, eat meat and learn about American Exceptionalism.— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) October 1, 2013
ALEXANDRA JAFFE:"The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is launching robocalls targeting more than 60 House Republicans on the government shutdown. The calls patch constituents through to their congressman to allow them to urge them to end the shutdown, which began early Tuesday morning as the clock ran out on the government funding measure and the two chambers were unable to come to a compromise."
JONATHAN COHN: "The willingness to shut down the government and allow default suggests these conservatives don’t accept the political legitimacy of Democrats—or, at least, certain Democrats. It’s surely no coincidence that the same conservatives enthusiastic about going to the brink (and over the brink) in order to stop Obamacare are the same ones who at various times have questioned Obama’s ancestry and religion—and accused him of stealing the election with the help of nefarious left-wing groups. If you truly believe that the president isn’t legitimate, why would you think his laws are? And if his laws aren’t legitimate, then why wouldn’t you indulge in extraordinary measures to stop them?"
And Camper Van Beethoven provides today's soundtrack: