If he's going to be this late, he had better bring lots of refreshments.
Douglas Holtz-Eakin: GOP Economist Warns Party on Shutdown Risks:
A shutdown would impact just 36% of the federal budget and leave untouched the largest – and growing – elements that many Republicans believe need to be structurally changes, such as Medicare and Social Security.
“People don’t really understand how this works,” said Mr. Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum. “Shutting the government down is bad idea. It’s a bad policy and a bad political move at this point in time.”… “You will hear Republicans say ‘but the public is with us,’” Mr. Holtz-Eakin said. “That might be true, but if you look at polling from 1995 and1996, the public agreed with the Republican position on budget deficits and policy issues and what was at stake, but they punished Republicans for shutting the government down.”
His group is releasing a paper, “Government Shutdowns: What they are and what they are not” that he hopes will clarify that a shutdown will have virtually no impact on the implementation of White House’s controversial health care law and instead lead to politically unpopular things, such as suspending pay for military personnel.