Bob Woodward, famous reporter most famous for the Watergate exposure, has an opinion on the Republican government shutdown:
Now, I don't know if that's the exact right word here; extortion seems more apropos, but clearly they're trying to force an issue through means that aren't the norm for the Congress. And obviously I think the Dems and the President are in the right to not let the Tea Party get away with this.
So, here's Woodward's extended opinion:
Bob Woodward hits GOP over 'blackmail'
“Let’s call it what it is, they are trying to blackmail the president and say, ‘Look, we’re going to shut down the government or default on our debt unless you — we go back, rewind the clock, on Obamacare and delay it or somehow cut off the funding,’” the longtime Washington Post journalist said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “You can’t govern that way. It will not work. It will be exposed.”