A new common wisdom among pundits goes like this, “Yes, it’s interesting reading all of the analysis and dire predictions, but when you get right down to it Republicans would never really shut down the government and risk or trigger a default on the debt. After all, all kinds of warning are coming from Republicans.” But this doesn’t take into account several factors. Talking Points Memo lists them HERE.
Joe Gandelman is a former fulltime journalist who freelanced in India, Spain, Bangladesh and Cypress writing for publications such as the Christian Science Monitor and Newsweek. He also did radio reports from Madrid for NPR’s All Things Considered. He has worked on two U.S. newspapers and quit the news biz in 1990 to go into entertainment. He also has written for The Week and several online publications, did a column for Cagle Cartoons Syndicate and has appeared on CNN.