I haven't heard much saying for sure that Republicans, as a whole, will do anything to end the shutdown. (Though reportedly some more middle of the road ones wish to.) The debt ceiling maybe yes, at least very temporarily -- in part, to feed the Tea Party some hope that they can do it all again later... For some, that's a trick -- as they don't think the Tea Party can ever win -- but for others it's just what they want to hear.
But I'm afraid a few people are still hoping they can win by shouting, "Look! We want to negotiate! The president won't compromise! We are the grownups and they are impolite and uncivil! So we must be right!"
Welcome to the new conservative ethics of argument: If you can say the other side isn't trying to make you happy, never mind if your demands make no sense or simply lead to the end of the world-- if you can convince someone the other side is being rude (because you
said so with enough whining), then you must be right. Gaaaaags.
I'm still baffled that there are still people saying that America is the world's most powerful country. Read an article today in the newspaper quoting a British parliament member who said that a deal must be made soon or else America's world leader status was at stake.
Well guess what... In my opinion the US government isn't any better or more democratic than the Azeri one. Or the Russian one. Or even the Iraqi one.
There are differences between being 'independently' powerful (as in being able to accomplish certain things yourself), being influential, being a leader on various issues, and being democratic. I'm not sure you ever can
have all of them at once. Arguably, there have been plenty of times where the US has emphasized one or the other of these -- and sacrificed some of the others in the bargain.
I don't really care to play the nationalistic-sounding "who's just better" contest either. (And is anyone listening to rather impartial sources?) But fyi, if you're talking to Americans, most of them have no idea what the government in Azerbaijan is like. Few of them could even tell you where that country is
to begin with. So there would be a lot of background discussion first. Perhaps a better question... How many Americans even follow the news about Iraqi politics? I mean, aside from reports about how many Americans have died there in any given month, who has any idea who is who over there? I would bet, not too many!