A new national poll during the weekend found swelling U.S. resentment against House Republicans -- causing some analysts to speculate that the 2014 election could restore Democratic control of the House.
Meanwhile, a second partisan horror looms by Oct. 17, when Congress must raise the U.S. debt ceiling or the nation will default on its debts. Once again, the GOP House is expected to refuse, unless the ACA is destroyed.
Such a confrontation over a single law -- shutting down the government and threatening debt default -- never before has happened in U.S. history, some commentators contend. Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman says it demonstrates "the radicalization of the Republican Party." Former Vice President Al Gore told ABC News:
"The only phrase that describes it is political terrorism. Why does partisanship have anything to do with such a despicable and dishonorable threat to the integrity of the United States of America?"
Gore said House Republicans "want to threaten to not only shut down our government but to blow up the world economy unless we go back and undo what we did according to the processes of this democracy. How dare you?"
White House advisor Dan Pfeiffer likened the House GOP to suicide bombers strapped with explosives, threatening to detonate all surroundings unless their "ransom demands" are met.
Progressive commentator Rachel Maddow correctly called it "the House Republican tantrum that knows no end."