To understand the shutdown, you have to grasp the mindset of the Republican base

By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company
Saturday, October 5, 2013 10:55 EDT
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'Sounding Fathers' sings at rally of the Tea Party Patriots in Downtown St. Louis under the Arch, on Sept. 12, 2010
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It’s widely understood that the government has been shut down by a relatively small number of Republican lawmakers who represent deeply red districts. They’re insulated from public opinion at large. They don’t fear a general election loss to a…

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