I’ve been sitting around watching MSNBC this morning (in the company of my brother, an IRS employee who can’t go to work today), and it’s obvious the shutdown will last for a while, or at least until congressional Republicans see if their “we just want to negotiate” messaging is gaining traction amongst a public being told by many news outlets that this is some sort of partisan wrangle over nothing.

Here are some midday offerings on this and other subjects:

* The President just spoke from the Rose Garden and labeled this as a “Republican shutdown” that only Republicans can end.

* Meanwhile, Eric Cantor resorted to grade-school statecraft, tweeting out photo of House Republican leaders sitting at a conference table with the other side empty. Lotta white men in white shirts, wasting time.

* Are centrist Democrats wavering? PPI’s Will Marshall pens op-ed blasting Boehner as having “acquiesced in conservatives’ obsessive and undemocratic crusade to eviscerate Obamacare.”

* Bernie Sanders mildly hails beginning of Obamacare exchanges as good first step towards single payer.

* Bibi Netanyahu spoke at the UN, and worked pretty hard to undermine any direct negotiations between Obama and “wolf in sheep’s clothing”

And in sorta non-political news:

* Pope Francis tells interviewer the two most serious evils in world today are “young unemployment and the loneliness of the old.”

As I take a brief break, here’s Apocalyptica with “Harmageddon.”

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.