While a deal may be near, anxiety is still widespread across the nation. One can especially find the anxiety here in Nevada. Last weekend, Rep. Steven Horsford (D-North Las Vegas) returned to the district he represents to listen to his constituents about their concerns.
As we've explained all this month, Nevada has had to endure a heavy load of pain as the Shutdown Sh*tfest has been racing toward Armageddon. Real people have suffered. Real jobs have been lost. And real economic output has fallen.
Even Governor Brian Sandoval (R) has begged his fellow Republicans in Washington to stop the insani-TEA. Yet despite his plea, Reps. Joe Heck (R-What?) and Mark Amodei (R-Why?) have refused to stand down and let the government reopen. And of course, Senator Dean Heller (R-Really?) Has just used this manufactured crisis to remind everyone that he's still a US Senator (elected with 46% of the vote last year).
Can that all change today? After all, a Senate deal is now on the table. And at one point or another, they've all agreed to these types of big, bipartisan, last-minute budget deals.
So can they all finally come together and reopen the people's government? Not so fast. Even as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) have agreed on a deal, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Tang) has already been threatening to blow it up. Even as equity markets are nervously awaiting some sort of final solution to this insane manufactured crisis, House Republican "leaders" are still pandering to the very 21st Century Know Nothings who manufactured this crisis in the first place.
So as we count down to Armageddon, we simultaneously seem to be so close to economic catastrophe and so close to a last-minute reprieve from ruin. And now, we can only hope enough House and Senate Republicans can come to their senses before the deadline hits.