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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Chaos Caucus

Here's a legit question: Given the fractious nature of the GOP House right now and the inability of Trump to "lead" in any normal sense, what are the odds that we get a government shutdown with the GOP controlling the House, Senate and White House?

Right now, I'd say it's unlikely but not improbable, even if it's only for a few days.

The key figure does look to be Nancy Pelosi.  Ryan and Trump may very well need Democratic votes to keep the government open and even to avoid default on the debt.  Pelosi would be well within her rights to demand something in return.  Devin Nunes' scalp?  A patch for Obamacare?

Stay tuned for that.

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