Bob's Blog: Chaos in Congress

Congress has found itself in a free-for -all situation as the deadline for a government shutdown approaches.

While Congressional Republicans proceed with their attempts to block Obamacare, I must agree with Washington Post's Dan Balz. It seems the Republicans have become a party of grievances in search of a strategy- a strategy they have yet to identify.

The fact is John Boehner and House Leadership have lost control of hardliners whose mission has been to have their agendas prevail at whatever cost-- even a government shutdown.

We keep concentrating over the fight between the Republicans and Democrats but it is the country that is at a loss and the country will continue to lose as these partisan games continue.

On Syria and its chemical weapons, we stumbled into a diplomatic solution. As an agreement between the five permanent Security Council members has been reached, we are reminded that there has been progress, but the "how we got there" wasn't pretty.

This Sunday on "Face the Nation," we'll have Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a Tea Party champion, and strong voice against Obamacare, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the number two Democrat in the Senate, and two key House members from the Budget Committee, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md. I'll be interested to hear their perspectives on the budget showdown and the fight to defund Obamacare.

We also have a terrific panel lined up with the Wall Street Journal's Jerry Seib, Washington Post's David Ignatius, CBS News Foreign Correspondent Clarissa Ward, and CBS News rPolitical Director John Dickerson.

I hope you'll tune in. Check your local listings.

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