It is over for now. The plan of the Tea Party led by Ted Cruz, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and a dozen more right-wing demagogues ended up in failure…for now. The federal government was shut down for 15 days and the debt ceiling was nearly breached. The consequences were serious, the cost enormous. Over 800,000 people were furloughed (including thousands in Western New York alone), the EPA, CDC, NLRB, FDA and dozens more agencies were shut down, threatening our health and safety. A world-wide economic downturn was a near reality. The full faith and credit of the US treasury was compromised, all this at a cost of around $24 billion. Why? For what? And the more important question is for whom?