The Republican Party , in an attempt to defund Obamacare or shutdown the government October 1, as a means to reach a smaller government have made their brand smaller , in national significance.
Absent of talent, intelligence or professionalism , compels the GOP to "soul search" in face of a disastrous 2012 presidential defeat. After the election, Chairman of the RNC, Reince Priebus, would strategize a more inclusive women, minorities, young people, and gays plan. It never materializes.
What does emerge is the same demographic recipe for disaster for a national political party, having regional strength only. TEA Party financial backers increase funding and rhetoric that some GOP members like, Ted Cruz and Marlin Stutzman buy into. Rep. Marlin Stutzman(R) Ind., summarizes the intellect of the GOP shutdown with this statement, "We're not going to be disrespected"......."We have to get something out of this(government shutdown) and I don't know what that even is."
President Obama responded that what they would "get " is the honor of doing their job to represent the American people and when they don't do that, they can "get " fired.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren(D)Mass., had this to say about GOP shutdown strategy, "...those who can't win their fights through elections, who can't win their fights through Congress, can't win their fights through the Presidency...resort to hostage taking."....."The time has come for those who cannot cope with the reality of our democracy, to get out of the way."
According to his colleagues, Speaker John Boehner says there will be a budget passed as reality sets in that the shutdown is pointless.
It would be the same as if the Democrats had shutdown the government over the Patriot Act or Citizens United after becoming laws and scream "GOP won't negotiate."