Is there any reason Republicans shouldn’t shut down all or part of the federal government in 2015? For all the bad publicity Republicans received for the 2013 shutdown, how did it hurt them at all? A year or more out from the next election, they can basically do what they want without any electoral consequences, at least if 2014 is any guide. The shutdown wasn’t even an issue in the election. I struggle to see any down side for Republicans here.