There is probably no greater gift the Republicans could hand to the Democrats than another government shutdown on the eve of the midterm elections, but that’s is precisely what the GOP has in mind.

The White House fired a warning shot to Republican senators on Wednesday after several of them expressed interest in using a must-pass government funding bill to block the Obama administration’s environmental regulations.

“If Republicans want to repeat their government shutdown play to protect the profits of big polluters, they’re placing a pretty risky bet,” a White House official, who wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter on the record, told TPM.

The White House is basically saying, “Please, proceed, dumbasses.”

Of course, this could get complicated with fossil fuel-promoting candidates on the Democratic side feeling the need to oppose the EPA regulations.