Lol.. I had forgotten the exact dates set in all these debtceiling deals, and I'm glad you are sort of offering that conservative's use of the debt ceiling to march the country off a cliff and force their insane ideas like shutting down most of the public sector is kind of suicidal. I say just run on a platform, stop trying to hold the country hostage- and if people elect you THEN you can pass the cuts and get your president to sign them. America looked at Romney & Friends and said "No Thanks." The fixed bayonets arent' being held by just little Obama. It's the whole country. Or didn't 9% Congressional approval ratings indicate that? What else did you think it meant? Most of congress got reelected so clearly people aren't unhappy with their individual congressperson- they just want to be left alone and are tired of the GOP/tea bag caucus trying to throw the nation's economy off a cliff every six months. That's what the low approval ratings mean. Obama's approval after the latest round? [link] Not bad- Rasmussen and AP say 54%. Higher than the % that reelected him.
Anyway I hope the GOP decides to dig in and threaten to shut 'er down again March 1st. They'll lose, as they should, and I found out today I have tickets to see Bill Maher when he comes to town on the 3rd- and this political kibuki will make for some awesome comedy!