Here's Rachel Maddow with actual video clips of Republicans running on shutting down the government. Yes, it was a campaign promise:
Here are a few not-so-subtle sentences that make it clear Republicans are intentionally causing the shutdown:
U.S. Republicans will not pass 'clean' debt-limit increase: Boehner
Boehner was equally adamant that Republicans would demand concessions for any bill to reopen the government.
Republicans want changes to President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law known as Obamacare as a condition for backing a measure to fund government agencies.
Pay attention teabillies!!! See, minus these demands, the government would open. So why does the media treat this like a legitimate argument, that Democrats and Obama are just as at fault?
Obama and the Democratic-led Senate have rejected that demand.