I am taking bets. While I, myself, am not a betting man, I expect many of you reading are.
See today's news? Panic in the streets. Will the government shutdown? Looks like it will.
Here is how it will work:
If you are not Republican, you will blame the Republicans. Maybe you will give them a nasty name or throw in a Tea Party reference.
If you are not a Democrat, you, in turn, will blame the Democrats. You might argue President Obama is a Muslim, and work in some other sort of derision.
Some of you, on Facebook, will post links going back to your favorite partisan website or news source. I expect to see Fox News and the Huffington Post well represented, but what is important is you like a good fight. You cannot have a good fight without a good enemy.
When someone posts an opposing view on your thread, watch out. The inner Glenn Beck or John Stewart will bubble forth. Better still, a lackey on your thread will do the spiting for you.
But my bet is few will shake their head, realize the shutdown is as bipartisan as it is partisan. Sure, each side is hunkering down, trying to get their way. Fair enough. Different views about government are at play, and the economy is such that it cannot withstand an error.
Meanwhile, in a strange way, it is to the benefit of each other side that their opposition wins. Then, more blame. "Look, 'we' gave them what they wanted, and they failed."
The Berenstain Bears and the Blame Game (First Time Books(R))