It's not surprising that the answer to that question depends on whom you ask. Members of Minnesota's congressional delegation have already started pointing fingers.
First District DFL Rep. Tim Walz accuses Republicans of catering to its Tea Party members instead of doing what's best for the country.
"It's incredibly reckless that the House Majority has yet again chosen party over country and abdicated its duties in order to play political games and pander to their Tea Party base," Walz said in a statement. "Enough is enough. The American people deserve better."
Meanwhile, 2nd District Republican Rep. John Kline blamed the shutdown
on Senate Democrats and President Obama because they were unwilling to
compromise. He voted in favor of the House's third and final offer to
avoid a shutdown that would have kept the government open while delaying
the federal health law's individual mandate.
“The House has voted for a third time to keep the government running and protect Americans from the President’s fatally-flawed health care law, while the Senate and White House sit idly by refusing to compromise," Kline said in a statement.
DFL Sen. Al Franken said Republicans are simply looking to rehash old political fights.
"Republicans in the House continue to insist on holding our economic recovery hostage while they refight the same political battles over and over again," Franken said in a statement.
Franken was even more blunt in a video aired Monday night during an Olmsted County DFL fundraising dinner in which he said the Republican Party “is now controlled by anti-government ideologues.”
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar said it is time to bring the political
brinkmanship to an end and focus on working on a long-term budget
"The Senate has passed a straightforward bill that would keep the government open so we can work on a long-term, balanced plan for deficit reduction," Klobuchar said in a statement. "The House of Representatives has only passed bills that the President has said he would veto. This gamesmanship needs to end so we can stop this shutdown and get the government back to work."