Lots of political yak to begin shutdown showdown week:
By STEVE KRASKE
The Kansas City Star
• It's taken far too long. We never should be in this situation. But I do believe there's going to be a resolution this week. Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican, on CNNs State of the Union.
But for every optimistic statement like the one from Collins came an equally pessimistic comment from somebody else. In this case, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said a bipartisan plan Collins and others were working on already was dead.
• There was some movement a couple of days ago, and I think things are not moving now. Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, a Republican, on Fox News Sunday.
Corker also said he thinks Congress will see our way through this, but added that the lack of weekend progress was disappointing. More yin and yang.
• Our Republican colleagues are moving in our direction with the fact that Obamacare is not a major part of the discussion anymore among most all Senate and many House Republicans. New York Sen. Charles Schumer, a Democrat.
For Democrats, this is a significant victory.
• Maybe we need to get Joe Biden out of the witness protection program. Arizona Sen. John McCain on CBS Face the Nation urging the White House to get his old Senate buddy involved in the ongoing deliberations.
Biden has long been viewed as a master negotiator. But his schedule showed that he was at Camp David this weekend not on the Hill trying to work out a deal.
• What youre hearing is peoples opinion, and while some of it is based on some knowledge, no one really knows what will happen. Patrick Welch, an economics professor at St. Louis University in the Beacon on what happens if the government defaults.
Thats the truly scary part of what lies ahead this week. No one really knows what happens if Congress falters.