Democrats banked on the fact that if this fight went on long enough the big business lobbies would put real pressure on the Republicans to fold. It looks like that bet is finally starting to pay off. From the New York Times:

As the government shutdown grinds toward a potential debt default, some of the country’s most influential business executives have come to a conclusion all but unthinkable a few years ago: Their voices are carrying little weight with the House majority that their millions of dollars in campaign contributions helped build and sustain.

Their frustration has grown so intense in recent days that several trade association officials warned in interviews on Wednesday that they were considering helping wage primary campaigns against Republican lawmakers who had worked to engineer the political standoff in Washington.

These business lobbies are not nearly as all powerful among Republicans as they once were but they still have influence. If they start putting pressure on Congressional Republican combined with the fact that elected Republicans should be panicking about the latest Gallup poll, we could soon see a resolution to this idiotic stand off.

After 10 days it should be clear to all but the most delusional House Republicans that this defund Obamacare strategy is never going to work.

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