Rachel Maddow, on her show, showed Republican congressman/women coming out and voicing their happiness over it.
I saw that segment. She builds a pretty compelling case.http://www.nbcnews.com/id/26315908/#53151808
In case you can't watch the video, it's Maddow showing a compilation of Republicans and TeaPublicans campaigning on the shutdown itself, frequently paired with significant applause from their attendees. She shows several of them coming out of the pre shutdown meeting jubilant and saying they got the shutdown they wanted.
This paired with the recent rhetoric coming out of Washington, and from various Republican and TeaPublicans leads me to agree with it.
Here is a HuffingtonPost article about them discussing the messaging of this mess rather than the mess itself.
My own observation is that we're watching the Overton Window in play at the moment.
The way the Overton Window works is that when you are asking for is unreasonable, you demand the outrageously absurd.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overton_window
In *comparison* this makes your unreasonable demands look acceptable.
This is what they're doing. It's what they've been doing for a long time.
It's been driving the entire political discourse to the right, and is the perfect technique to use on someone like President Obama, who's entire doctrine consists of a stated desire for people to work out their differences through compromise. The problem is, when one party is reasonable and the other is not, the one that isn't drives the conversation in their direction.
The only real way to deal with this tactic is through hardball politics. "You want to negotiate, here how about National Health are, kill they Keystone, up taxes on the 1% by a lot, change the capital gains structure, and fully paid childcare and pre-school." Essentially using the same tactic.
What the Democratic party is doing at the moment is a half measure, it's working at the moment because it's stupidly obvious this is the Republican's fault. The Republicans are pushing back, and pushing hard on that message. They're trying to make their new 'merely unreasonable' demands look better by comparison to the original gift package of Romney's presidential promise package that they demanded on the eve of the shutdown.