The GOP just had its best week in the past nine years or so.
Hard to say. It's in the news a lot but people aren't talking about it much. I'm pretty concerned as well as slightly amused I suppose. The shut down seems totally ridiculous because it does seem that"Just curious, do people abroad seem concerned about how our obstructionist and generally incompetent US Congress might very well tank the world economy next week? (And on behalf of the American people, I want to apologize in advance for that.)"
Can throw sand in the gears of the whole thing just to stop the money being available for a law that's already passed."a vocal minority of hardline conservatives who believe government in general is bad, and who don't have any interest in actually legislating"
Is this damaging the GOP? Surely anyone can see that, regardless of your politics, sabotaging the whole of congress, the country, the planet etc to get what you want is not the way to go about things.