Monster making is serious business. And if you’re in the business of creating bogeymen, you’ve always got to be on your toes. The beasts that you bring to life can turn on you faster than Jason Voorhees can disembowel an oversexed, joint-puffing co-ed jogging through the woods listening to Alice Cooper’s “Welcome to My Nightmare” on her vintage Sony Walkman.

Unfortunately, no one told the GOP this.

As you know, the federal government has shut down, largely because House Republicans are trying their damnedest to defund ObamaCare. Why? It’s not that Obamacare is a good law. It’s not. In fact, it’s an overly complex mess, an underfunded mandate, a legislative acquiescence to the purse-string powers of the insurance industry, a poorly conceived idea that fails to provide healthcare to all Americans, and a political cavity search conducted without a warrant. But that’s not what has gotten the GOPers all in a fit-tizzy. Monster making did.

See, for ObamaCare to be the big, bad bogeyman that Republicans have made it out to be — you know the very thing that will destroy America as we know it — their actions must match their rhetoric. That reason and that reason alone is why we are in the middle of this shameful shutdown.

While it makes good fundraising sense to force-feed the American public fear and indignation until they’re an angry pitchfork- and torch-wielding mob. The only problem now is that the Republicans now find themselves trapped in the town windmill with the ObamaCare monster. And so they must join the mob and light their own torches instead of worrying about how to get out of danger, much less convince the unruly villagers they have nothing to fear — America’s going to be OK. In fact, for the millions of Americans without healthcare, it’s going to be more than OK. It’s going to be great.

But the GOP can’t admit that right now. Their credibility depends on it. Unfortunately, the only recourse they have is to set fire to the windmill themselves and wait for the sequel. The bogeyman never dies.