Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in his 21-hour speech against the law, earned the rebuke of some of his GOP colleagues when he invoked Nazi Germany in answering critics who said he was unlikely to succeed.

"We saw in Britain," Cruz said, "Neville Chamberlain, who told the British people, 'Accept the Nazis. Yes, they'll dominate the continent of Europe but that's not our problem. Let's appease them. Why? Because it can't be done. We can't possibly stand against them.'"

In the near term, each side's heated attempts to castigate its opponents are geared toward building public support for their favored way forward.

Behind all the bombast, both sides are working to make sure that, in the end, if the government shuts down or the U.S. can't pay its debts, it's the other guy who will get the blame.

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