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Can Republicans Win a Government Shutdown?

Thomas274 Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 4:34 PM
...just the threat was enough to get a balanced budget for the first time in 40 years, which Clinton tried to get credit for, until he remembered that the president is an executive and NOT a legislative branch...something lost on the current loser in the White House
If Republicans do happen to force a shutdown in Washington, it's very possible they'll be embracing a political loser while doing the rest of us an immense favor.

With three Washington-manufactured fiscal apocalypses -- sequestration, the debt ceiling and a new "budget" -- on the docket, the idea of shutting down government to extract concessions from the iron trap sometimes known as the Obama administration has gained traction among Republicans. Or, I should say, the idea of threatening to shut down Washington has.

Pat Toomey, John Cornyn and other conservatives have said as much, though they've littered their shutdown statements with comforting modifiers,...