Just caught a quick news update on local television, and it appears the Republicans aren't budging an inch on compromising on a budget. It's weird. In one breath, John Boehner admits that a government shutdown would do absolutely nothing -- it would cost more in the long run than it would save, it would tick off the public once people started figuring out just what all it entailed, and it's more likely to damage the Republicans than it is to hurt President Obama. Then in the next breath he says, but we're going to do it anyway. Politicians really do live in some sort of alternate universe from the rest of us.
The atmosphere at work has turned a little weird. We've come close to a shutdown so many times now that the prevailing attitude seems to be that it's not going to happen. It'll be interesting to see how people react if it turns out to be real. I have a life outside the office; I'm not sure some of my co-workers do.