1:02pm

Fri April 8, 2011
It's All Politics

In Shutdown Showdown, Who Gets To Be James Dean?

The spending fight between Republicans and Democrats in the nation's capital that could result in the government partly shutting down midnight Friday has been described in recent days as a game of chicken.

Which got me thinking of the famous "chickie run" scene from "Rebel Without a Cause" featuring James Dean, Natalie Wood and Corey Allen.

In that scene, Allen's character Buzz winds up losing the game of chicken in the worst possible way, by driving over a seaside cliff.

The question is, in the current political showdown, which side gets to be like Dean's character Jim and walk away relatively unscathed and which one gets to be Buzz? Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.