It's looking very likely that the government will shutdown since Obama and all didn't reach an agreement on the US Federal budget and other time constraints put the deadline as Tuesday night. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/government-shutdown-2011/index.html Is raising your demands by $7 billion a compromise, or crafty salesmanship when you think you have the upperhand? Who will this (voters' memory of the shutdown) help/hurt politically in 2012? Is this a moral victory for the Tea-party? Does it show they have extra influence over the Repubs and politics in general? I see it as a brilliant strategy to both look like appealing to the T-party base (cutting spending) while also trying to spoil Obama's re-election bid because on one hand they can claim he couldn't keep the government running, and on the other hand they can try to get a compromise from Obama with may hurt him later with his own consituency. Of course, what if it increases voter apathy ("they're just playing politics without doing anything) or hurts the repubs non-T party base (i.e. people put off by brinkmanship). http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs...mselves/2011/04/04/AFxlwPiC_blog.html?hpid=z1 If this is a brilliant repub strategy, is it so brilliant that it's impossible and comes back to bite them by alienating more of their base than they bolster? Note: the shutdown isn't absolutely certain now...Friday is the true deadline, but last night was the projected reasonable time for compromise unless something extraordinary happens over the next couple of days.