Krystal Ball tells it like it is:
Why can’t the rest of the media explain it as simply and straightforwardly as this?
UPDATE: Apparently the American people agree. In a new poll, 54% think it is a bad thing that the GOP controls the House (compared to 38% who think it is a good thing). And 63% want John Boehner replaced as Speaker of the House (compared to 30% who think he should continue). Polls across the board show that Americans blame the Republicans for the shutdown.