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Let's quote right-leaning Clive Crook again: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/711f140a-21a3-11e0-9e3b-00144feab49a.html#axzz1Nf5fUoqV "Tea Party true believers may be salivating.... Shutting down the government [by blocking the debt-ceiling increase is a button [Republicans] dare not press.... To do it in 2011, with the economy laid low and financial markets still twitchy, would be the limit of irresponsibility. It would be betting the recovery to make a point. This time, political annihilation might follow, and the party would deserve it..."