UPDATE, OCT 2013: my plan to get on with my life was blown to smithereens by the Shutdown. Now my search keywords are polls who do Americans blame for shutdown (though technically that should be whom do Americans blame, but apparently most of us don't know that). Fox pundits are wearing sh*t-eating grins and referring to the Shutdown as "the Slimdown," which is my clue that Boehner and his allies do not plan to end it -- ever. As for the default that's looming, I see it this way: the guys who don't get to drive the bus have decided to wrench the wheel away from the driver and crash the bus.
The unreality bubble in which the GOP existed prior to the 2012 election is still there, stronger than ever. So politics, when I put you down I didn't expect you to turn around and pick me up by the scruff of my neck. But you did, and now you're shaking me like a rag doll.