GOP, if you still have an inkling of small government blood pumping through your veins, don't fear a government shutdown as a catastrophic event but as a teachable moment. What better way to possibly explain your position of limited government than to have all essential services to be closed and that people actually notice nothing impacting their lives because of it?
Also, just in case, take the offensive on explaining who is responsible. Hand wringing and blaming Ted Cruz won't get it done.
Trust us. Remember, the majority that still buy into the MSM propaganda won't vote for you anyway.