Many Republicans Have No Reason To Fear Voters Over Shutdown
Less likely to budge if they're in safe seats
The prevailing wisdom ahead of the government shutdown was that tea party lawmakers who agitated for it would fold within a few days, once they got an earful from angry constituents and felt the sting of bad headlines. House GOP leaders called it a "touch the stove" moment for the band of Republican rebels, when ideology would finally meet reality.
But there's another reality that explains why that thinking may well be wrong, and the country could be in for a protracted standoff: Most of the Republicans digging in have no reason to fear voters will ever punish them for it.