It's the hate, folks

Chris Matthews nails it. This article lays it out. The irrational hatred of President Obama is behind this government shut-down. He is a milquetoast moderate, but because they have constantly hinted, without one shred of evidence, that the President is a deeply a radical Muslim, Marxist, Leninist, anti-colonialist, an imposter, and whatever else, Fox, right-wing talk radio and hundreds of loony websites have thrived since 2008. They have thrived by lying, and by stirring up the more ignorant of our population into intransigent hatred. 

Finally, at least on the debt ceiling, President Obama decided he'd had enough. He has won this very large battle. Thank goodness. 

Now, can we do business?