Conservative opinions of the compromise deal struck late last night, which averted a shutdown of the federal government, are decidedly mixed. Andrew Stiles of National Review was triumphant, applauding "Boehner's robust leadership." And by avoiding the shutdown scenario -- which some Democrats clearly relished as an opportunity to excoriate Republicans as "extremists" -- Boehner's compromise deal "allows the Republicans to live again and fight another day," as our own Jim Antle observed in the wee hours.
Over the weekend, there have been several headlines suggesting that a budget impasse will lead to a replay of the 1995-96 government shutdown:
Despite the fear-mongering headlines, House Republicans -- including Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan -- have repeatedly disavowed any intention of a shutdown. So who's talking it up?