This transparent political ploy leaves one breathless. Not satisfied with the economic concessions, hard-liners on the right in the House of Representatives are holding out (and threatening to shut down the government) on issues as far-ranging as defunding Planned Parenthood and NPR to taking the enforcement teeth out of the EPA. The hope here is that the Dems will either blink first and cave, which would be catastrophic to the party principles, or that by holding firm the liberals will somehow end up taking the bullet in public perception. Don't fall for it.
First, at some point a compromise will be reached that will not achieve all their stated goals. If this occurs without significant support from Republican House membership then Boehner will find himself presiding over a fractured party and his Speakership will have failed. Bad news for Republicans with an election on the horizon. Second, unbudgeted money will have to be spent to re-start what was shut down, not to mention pay additional interest for debts deferred during the dispute. The notion of savings are purely an illusion, exactly the sort of smoke-and-mirrors showpiece conservatives hope will turn the tide for them come election day next year.