For Tea Party, Shutdown Is Worth The Pain

… The shutdown debate has demonstrated, yet again, that in an era of polarization, Americans are living in parallel political universes.

Democrats, led by President Obama, complain that the House GOP is holding federal operations hostage by refusing to accept that the ACA is the settled law of the land. Polls show most Americans agree with them. Even many who dislike the law don’t like the shutdown.

According to a Fox News poll released Thursday, 67 percent of those surveyed believe that the government shutdown is “definitely a bad thing.” Among those who identified themselves with the Tea Party, however, 71 percent thought it “could be a good thing.” [cont.]

Alan Greenblatt, NPR News