For House Republicans, confrontation is safer than compromise
Published 01/10/2013 | 06:41
For most Republicans in the House of Representatives, the only greater peril than shutting down the federal government would have been fighting to keep it open.
While a shutdown could hurt the Republican Party's ability to win the Senate next year or take the White House in 2016, that's not the concern of party members in the House, who led the push to pair continued government funding with measures that would delay President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.
"There's a large cohort of members here who don't feel themselves harmed by a bad brand name for the party," said Sarah Binder, an expert on Congress at the Brookings Institution.