House Speaker John Boehner (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images) House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)
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UP: A debt-ceiling deal.

DOWN: The Senate Conservatives Fund.

UP: Appreciation for government workers.

DOWN: Disgust for politicians.

UP: Concern about a phony deal with Iran on nuclear weapons.

DOWN: Chances Bashar al-Assad will go anytime soon.

UP:  Governors.

DOWN: Senators.

UP: Not letting the country go bankrupt.

DOWN: Cheering for a government meltdown.

UP:  The Republican “squishes.”

DOWN: The Republican “wacko birds.”

UP: Gov. Chris Christie.

DOWN: The Cory Booker senatorial campaign.

UP: Israel certitude President Obama will never strike Iran.

DOWN: Lawmakers’ willingness to slow-walk sanctions to placate the administration.

UP: The Capitol police.

DOWN:  The National Park Service management.

UP: Presidential intransigence.

DOWN: The shutdown squad’s 15 minutes of fame