The government shut-down calculus is favorable for Republicans and suicidal for Democrats. If Republicans hold their ranks against Obamacare, they will win, and win big. The great majority of people will rally to the Republican side for stomping upon a monster they viscerally hate and defending them against political mobsters.
Most Americans don't want Obamacare. The Democrats in Washington don't give a tinker's damn that most Americans don't want Obamacare. After all, the D.C. gang are exempt from the law or heavily subsidized.
To emphasize their contempt toward ordinary Americans, the Democrats have coined the slogan "no matter what" to describe the process of forcing Obamacare upon an unwilling populace. The line between Washington Democrats and mobsters has all but been erased. The people are not blind to this frightening show of political thuggery.
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So fevered are the Democrats in force feeding a monstrous blood-sucking parasite into the people's gullets, they would rather shut the government down if deprived of the opportunity to fleece and control the American people.