Day 2 of shutdown: GOP digs in further… Why it might not end for another week or two… Watching the weak links in this debate (for Dems, red-state senators up for re-election; for GOP, Senate Republicans, House members, and GOP governors)… Shutdown impacting people’s lives… Obama cancels at least half of his upcoming Asia trip, and the whole thing might be next… GOP to Dems: Please negotiate with us!!!... Shutdown overshadows Obamacare’s glitches… And shutdown is last thing Cuccinelli needs.
*** GOP digs in deeper: Now in Day 2 of the federal government’s shutdown, House Republicans have dug in even further -- buoyed by a united message yesterday (finally) and by Senate Republicans who are standing behind them (or keeping quiet). As NBC’s Frank Thorp reports, House Republican leadership aides say we could see votes today on the same mini-funding bills that were voted down last night. (Yet unlike last night’s votes, these would need just a simple majority to pass them, not the two-thirds we saw last night. That said, President Obama has still vowed to veto these mini-funding bills, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has declared them a non-starter.) But once you dig in, it becomes harder and harder to get yourself out of the hole. In other words, we THINK we know how this is going to end -- with Republicans, due to all the political pressure they’re receiving, mostly capitulating on their demands to link government operations to the president’s health-care law -- but it’s going to get worse before it gets better.