Steve Benen warns the GOP:
Republicans have already backed themselves into a corner -- they've made the president out to be the devil; they've all but ruled compromising; and they've committed to a path that almost certainly ends in a government shutdown. GOP leaders may have even deluded themselves into thinking that they're more popular than Obama (they're not), and that if a shutdown hurts the economy, they'll avoid blame (they won't).
Bernstein nods and compares Obama's experiences with Republicans to Clinton's. The president's strategic position is far stronger than much of the chattering class now believes. In some respects, a Republican House would suit him well.