The US is creeping toward a week of government shut down. Held hostage by the Republicans Tea Party wing.
It will be fascinating to see what this does to the GOP. Will it split into two parties one essentially fascist and one more like the republicans of old? Or will it just dwindle away for a while? Some republicans appear to already be staking out moderate territory (with a likely eye to taking the reins as the party comes out of the ashes) and business backers of the party are starting to show their displeasure.
Whatever happens, this has damaged the reputation of the US and of the right. No matter how the right tries to spin it.