Will Republicans be blamed for any government shutdown?
Does the sun rise in the east?
Is water wet?
Republican leaders need to know they can't escape being the scapegoat. That's the only way the media sees it.
It's not shutting down your government, but trying to save the government for you in the future.
If you don't like the shutdown, you definitely won't like when the government seizes up and dies from lack of funding.