JUDY WOODRUFF: All right, let’s turn to something we have never discussed before, and that is the — Capitol Hill and the failure to come to some kind of an agreement, David, on the budget.
This week, the Republicans in the House tried — the leadership tried to bring a vote to the floor. It was the conservatives in their own party that said no. Where do things stand right now?
DAVID BROOKS: Yes. If I was irrationally pessimistic about the Middle East, I’m irrationally optimistic about the budget thing.
I have no cause for my optimism. Somehow, I think we’re not going to have a budget shutdown. Nonetheless, what is going on in the House…
JUDY WOODRUFF: You mean government shutdown.
DAVID BROOKS: Government shutdown.