Two new columns out, one over the weekend and one hot off the presses today:
At TAP, I run down the likely scenarios, and incentives, after a shutdown starts. I don't think we're going to see one, but here's a guide to the next steps if we do.
And over at Salon, I sketch out the relationship between the post-policy GOP and the ability of the Crazy Caucus to bully the sane mainstream conservatives. This one sort of follows up on my "they need a Pope" post from last week: basically, mainstream conservatives need some way of proving their conservative credentials, and without policy (or a Pope) they don't have one.
While I'm here: one more on judicial nomination filibusters at PP today. This fight is coming, too.