Was shutdown fight worth it? Obama might think so

US Senator Marco Rubio departs after a Republican Senate caucus meeting at the US Capitol on 16 October 2013 Republicans in retreat?

It is almost over.

The mood in Congress is still nervous and anxious, but there is a general assumption that before the day is out they will vote to lift the debt ceiling and reopen the government.

I'm still waiting to hear more from Republicans in the House.

The assumption is that they will swallow their pride and abandon their stand without anything much in return, and move on to the next battle.

This may be mistaken. They may still be getting messages to stand firm.

But it is worth noting leading conservative blogs are not urging a last stand in the Senate or the House.

One Tea Party-backed Republican, Michele Bachmann, has told the BBC that she won't be voting for the deal, but it will pass. She says the fight was worth it.

President Barack Obama will never say the same, but he may think it.

All along he has said he would refuse to pay a ransom and it looks, at the time of writing, that his refusal to bargain has paid off.

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    Comment number 146.

    It was a nonsensical fight surreal this was more about GOP bullying and standing up to the bullying.

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    Comment number 145.

    Once again the debt limit gets raised! At some point debt, 17+ trillion, becomes too much to service and a person/company/country cannot service their debt... bankruptcy occurs!

    The USA with 60 trillion in obligations looming and the current debt outstanding will eventually have to consider options to reduce this debt or face the same ultimate fate; not a pretty picture!

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    Comment number 144.

    143.Eric - - You live in Russia? Good. Then please send my regards to "Vlad-the-Jailer" Putin.

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    Comment number 143.

    141.nerepondezpas - "The Gulag Archipelago" was Stalin! The CCCP changed abruptly after his departure. The economic collapse- the result of too much and yet not enough reform at once. I have been living in Russia for some 8 years now. Many people remember life under the CCCP fondly. The CPRF still carries a quarter of the vote. The Party could have enforced martial law...coming soon to USA

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    Comment number 142.

    "I watched an interview with right wing Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and he strikes me as someone who is more scary than the Taliban (and certainly more dangerous)"

    Such an absurd, ridiculous statement that it defies any reasoned response.


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