I both substantively agree with those who want a massively reduced federal government and I do not think that a short-term "shutdown" of the federal government matters much, even as it may spoil my beloved nephew's school trip to Washington. However, I think the Tea Party caucus in the House is blowing the tactics of it, and will set back the cause of smaller government by running the great risk that Republicans do not realize their full potential in the next two elections. Why? Because one cannot control the federal government with only the House either constitutionally or politically, and the narrative of the mostly liberal mainstream media will inexorably create pressure on the national party. How? By scaring the big GOP donor base sufficiently that John Boehner throws out the "Hastert rule" and passes a continuing resolution. The Democrats, of course, should give Boehner something to work with -- I can imagine any number of concessions, including a ban on all Obamacare "waivers" (which have gone to Democratic favor-seekers) even while demanding funding for it -- so that he can toss the Hastert Rule by some means other than consigning his manhood to Harry Reid's lockbox. No such face-saving concession will be forthcoming, however, because the Reid faction wants to humiliate the GOP House leadership in order to set up a 2014 majority.