This will be obvious before Congress returns from the August recess and will be formally decided within days of Congress returning, possibly hours. 

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Cybersecurity: Bipartisan bill aims to deter election interference | Russian hackers target Senate | House Intel panel subpoenas Bannon | DHS giving 'active defense' cyber tools to private sector Senators unveil bipartisan push to deter future election interference Puerto Rico's children need recovery funds MORE (R-Fla.), by supporting the shutdown, has chosen the wrong limb to climb out on. This limb will soon be cut off. Behind the scenes, Democrats are ecstatic that Cruz and Rubio and the right wing of House Republicans are pushing the shutdown. In truth they privately worry about the politics of healthcare, but are overjoyed with the Republican overreach that will help Obama the same way a previous shutdown play helped President Clinton against the hapless Newt Gingrich in the 1990s. 

Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWith religious liberty memo, Trump made America free to be faithful again Interstate compacts aren't the right way to fix occupational licensing laws Texas Dem: ‘I don’t know what to believe’ about what Trump wants for wall MORE parades across Iowa seeking to lead the extremist wing of Republicans. Democrats love this. 

Rick Santorum joins the presidential fray yet again. Democrats love this, too. 

What better way to prove to voters that the GOP war against women continues. Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE returns to center stage in GOP national politics and Democrats are happier than the winner of the $400 million lottery! In the meantime, the government shutdown idea is dead. 

Put a fork in it.