The Progs are all in, and they see it slippin away. Like that other thread "whatever it takes"...Reid/Obama/et al WILL do 'whatever it takes'.
The real issue is IN WHAT FORM will those who see their FREEDOM being usurped by radical, fascist wanna-be tyrants....DO ABOUT IT. Tell their Reps to protest on the floor of the Congress and 'shut the government down'...or just stand by and accept it.
It will not surprise me one bit it we end up like Egypt...with the ultimate arbiter of power being our military. Thank the Good Lord that the vast majority - minus the corrupt Command who serve the *Government* over and above the Constitution - are aware of what is coming down and will step up when the chips are down on the table.
You're right, EP...the Progs are going to push it to *national emergency" status if that is the only hope to remain in power. And it will end up being the rope that hangs them. Maybe literally so.