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Shutdown continues, though Dems appear in control

The dispute in Washington is still all about Obamacare. For Tea Party backers the president's health reform defines the notion of big government. If they can win the battle to delay its introduction or delay key taxes that underpin its funding, Tea Party Republicans will no longer have to see Obama's re-election last year as a failure – it becomes merely a setback.

Unfortunately for them, the public mood has turned against using the federal budget and debt ceiling as a tool to defeat Obamacare. More than that, some Republicans, albeit only a handful, have switched their allegiance, and can see the benefits to their constituents of a broader and cheaper (at least to the consumer) healthcare system.

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