"It is going to happen. Only way to get rid of sequester."
"Sadly, we will flirt with yet another showdown before finally coming to terms with our fiscal needs."
"Rational governance appears to be a thing of the past—as in a long time past."
"You can never tell with these guys— nothing is sacred and politics rules the day, so anything is possible."
"There seems to be no search for common ground. Scorched-earth Rs vs. uncompromising Ds."
"The Senate Democrats have little incentive to support McConnell and the gutting of medical research and education."
Not at all likely
"The GOP has learned their lessons and how it hurts them."
"Message from GOP: Lesson learned. We can govern."
"In December, the omnibus to end them all will pass. No one wants a shutdown, so a deal will get done."
"Not happening—nobody gains and nobody is stupid enough this time to push it."
"All eyes are focused on 2016, and shutdowns won't get the offending party there."
Q: With both parties taking strong positions on spending bills in the Senate, how likely is another government shutdown?
REPUBLICANS (86 VOTES)Very likely 6%Somewhat likely 29%Not at all likely 65%
"Enough folks on both sides of the aisle think it ends up working for them come election time."
"The Democrats remain committed to painting the GOP as being rich and out of touch. They will force a government shutdown to 'fight' for higher spending, which will never pass the Congress."
"Democrats watched Ted Cruz set himself on fire and learned nothing—now it's their turn."
"If Dems think they can use it and make sure the GOP gets the blame. A dangerous play."
"Ted Cruz will shut government down again to raise money for his presidential campaign."
"Obama and Hillary both want one."
"Going into a presidential election, both parties will be risk averse to a shutdown but will pursue it if the other side gets blamed."
"It will get ugly but highly doubtful that R leadership will allow that to happen. And now that the president owes his victory on TPA to Republicans, expect that he will have to repay with a budget deal."
"Elevated risk level is the new normal."
Not at all likely
"We've learned our lesson. I hope."
"Republican leadership will capitulate before a shutdown; that's a standing promise from McConnell."
"There's no way Repubs will let Cruz et al. lead them over the cliff again."
"As a Republican, this may be more a prayer than a prediction. However, history shows the public hates [shutdowns] and blames Republicans—every time."
"Fool me four times"¦ Nah, even we aren't that stupid."
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