The U.S. debt limit expires, and defaults loom, this week. A plan to extend the limit to November 22 has gained traction, but that would only solve the immediate problem. It doesn’t reopen the government. The press has had a field day showing the impacts, big and small, like federal prisoners who still get paid while corrections officers miss paychecks. Polls show voter satisfaction hitting a new low, but numbers guru Nate Silver says it’s too soon to know what impact the current Hill drama will have on future elections. That may depend on who and how the stalemate ends.