Shutdown, Plus 6; Default, Minus 11

Jonathan Chait, New York magazine, on the connection.

He closes with a cogent note of the irony at the bottom of this – John Boehner, who’s been flailing and tacking to try to hang onto his Speakership, is probably going to fail at that task:

Boehner does not seem to share his party’s sociopathic embrace of hostage tactics. Boehner resembles William H. Macy’s character in Fargo, who concocts a simple plan to have his wife kidnapped and skim the proceeds, failing to think a step forward about what happens once she’s actually seized by violent criminals. He doesn’t intend for her to be harmed, but also has no ability to control the plan once he’s set it in motion. In the end, Boehner’s Speakership is likely to end up in the wood chipper, anyway.

Later,

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