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A government shutdown? Seriously?

A government shutdown? Seriously?

As a political weapon, a government shutdown is a bit like self-immolation — it certainly demonstrates a commitment to one's cause, but there's no real victory possible for participants. The last shutdown was back in 2013 when Barack Obama, a Democrat, was president, and Republicans controlled Congress. How will voters respond when the GOP controls both the executive and legislative branches?

Give Republican leaders on the Hill this much credit — they know it won't play well with the electorate, and by all accounts they have been working hard to come up with a spending plan to avoid this Friday's deadline. Unfortunately, President Donald Trump appears not to have gotten the memo and...