The New York Times reports:
Right, because the Democrats would never, ever suspect that if they give away part of the health care law Monday, the Republicans will come back for the rest of it two weeks from now in the debt ceiling vote. No, that would never happen, because the Republicans are honest and sensible.
WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders said on Sunday that they still believed a government shutdown beginning on Tuesday could be averted if Democrats would accept at least some of their demands to scale back President Obama’s health care law.“I think the House will get back together, in enough time, send another provision not to shut the government down but to fund it, and it will have a few other options in there for the Senate to look at,” Representative Kevin McCarthy, the House Republican whip, said on “Fox News Sunday.”
A former newspaper colleague expressed it more emotionally in a Facebook post (I have toned down his language a little):
It was a crazy Republican, John Dulles, who invented (or if he did not invent, personified) the term brinkmanship, but he wasn't crazy enough to actually take his country over the brink (or, at least, he never could carry the rest of the government along with him). The 21st-century Republicans have gotten beyond Dulles's timidity.
Or perhaps we should call not on politics but the movies for a working metaphor: