Inside the Beltway: Whew! The end is not near

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Thirty-nine percent of Americans overall say that the country can go past the Thursday deadline without any major economic repercussions. Only 16 percent of liberal Democrats agree with this — along with 56 percent of conservative Republicans and 69 percent of tea partyers.

And about that federal government shutdown: 57 percent of Americans are very concerned about the economic impact of the event; 72 percent of Democrats agree, along with 50 percent of Republicans and 30 percent of tea partyers.

AND NOT THE GOOD STUFF

“At this point, the government is like the house on Halloween that turns the lights off and leaves a bowl of candy on the porch.”

— ABC late night host Jimmy Kimmel, in a tweet Tuesday

BUMPER STICKER

“Think for yourself while it’s still legal.”

— Bumper sticker spotted in Harrisburg, Penn.

‘SYSTEMIC FAILURE’

Oh, woe is Obamacare. While the White House continues to stand fast behind Health and Human Services Department Secretary Kathleen Sebelius following the shabby debut of the health care sign-up system, the Republican National Committee is standing silent no longer. The GOP organization has released a video that cobbles together an array of damning news footage, and ultimately calls for President Obama to dismiss the HHS head.

“There must be accountability for this astounding failure and waste of taxpayer money. We’re seeing more than just a ‘glitch’ or two; this is systemic failure,” says RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

“The Obama administration had red flags and warning signs that Obamacare wasn’t ready for prime time, but Sebelius and company ignored them, flipped the switch and watched as the site crashed. Sebelius abused the trust and tax dollars of the American people. If this were a company, and not the government, she’d already be gone. She should be fired,” Mr. Priebus adds.

WISHFUL THINKING

“It was the first major quote of the Obama presidency, uttered just days after he won by the man who would become his first chief of staff, and it is the defining mantra of this presidency: ‘You don’t ever want a crisis to go to waste,’” recalls Jim Geraghty, a columnist for National Review.

The chief of staff he is referring to is none other than Rahm Emanuel, who told The New York Times on Nov. 6, 2008: “You don’t ever want a crisis to go to waste; it’s an opportunity to do important things that you would otherwise avoid.”

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