Are the Republicans as aware of how dangerous the position they're putting themselves in is, as I've imagined  in this drawing?  Or are they willfully blind, consumed with a passion for protecting the very rich from any kind of tax increase and the equally passionate desire to take a meat ax to spending?  Do they not remember the government shutdown engineered by Speaker Newt Gingrich?  If they liked how that worked out, they'll love the rebuke they're courting.