Barring some sort of mass influx of sanity into Washington, the effects of the federal government shutdown will include two college football games this Saturday. If Congress fails to find a compromise by noon Thursday, games between Air Force and Navy plus Army and Boston College could be cancelled.
Why? Because a handful of Tea Party conservatives are so infatuated with stopping health care reform that they are willing to hold the entire federal government hostage. Nevermind the fact that opponents of health care reform have continually lost vote after vote to try and stop health care reform. Nevermind that much of what became the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) originated with the conservative Heritage Foundation (and RomneyCare). Nevermind that only gerrymandering of Congressional districts have allowed the GOP to control the House of Representatives. Since the previous 42 attempts to undo this have failed, the Republicans have upped the ante in their Don Quixote-like assault on the windmills of ObamaCare.
The Democrats aren't exactly blameless in this matter. Whether it's shutting down web sites or college football games, some things being shut down are being done to make it more painful instead of conserving government funds. Football games are revenue generators, so cancelling these games cost the government far more than will be saved.
So how far will this go? Can enough people in the middle rise up and say "enough"? I fear not, not with the polarized views espoused on the talkshows aired by Faux News and MSNBC.
Eventually, cooler heads will prevail. The Republicans are destined to lose this battle eventually; the only question is when, and what will the repercussions be? And will it be in time to save a couple of college football games this weekend?