That's a chilling fact to consider amid the political brinkmanship in Washington.As far as the political fallout, a handful of Democratic Senators who serve in red states seemingly realized the impact of this vote on their own midterm election prospects.
Senators Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Claire McCaskill of Missouri voted with Republicans in favor of the continuing resolution.
They understand that Independents -- voters whom they will need in November -- agree with Republicans on the issues facing Congress in the shutdown debate.
Senator John McCain tweeted it best, saying this "is a direct result of the breakdown of cooperation in Congress."
The technical term for the shutdown is "lapse in funding," when in reality it's a "lapse in judgment" in Congress. No matter who gets the blame, the American people deserve better than this.