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If there's one thing the last couple elections have shown, it's that Nate Silver is really, really good at math.
And I tend to agree with him here. People have short attention sp
One of you will end up here next!
Silver's analysis fails to account for the change in attitudes of political donors. The reckless of the tea party is the exact opposite of what major financial interests want in government. A large number of industries are going to have to re-evaluate their relationship with the Republican party if they threaten their bottom line. The U.S. chamber of commerce for example, is seriously unhappy about the current situation. The kind of money that corporates backers put up (or don't put up) can seriously shift elections.
The Democrats have a long row to hoe in gaining many seats in the House over the shutdown. Mainly because of gerrymandering. But regardless of the reason, it is what it is. Still, I wouldn't be surprised if they pick up some seats directly because of this debacle by the Republicans.