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View Diary: Greg Sargent: GOP trying to preserve the tactic of political extortion, and Dems must not let them (52 comments)

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  •  It doesn't last (5+ / 0-)

    The problem with shock treatment is that it wears off, as people rotate out and a new crop comes in who lack the experience of their elders. After 1995-96, we were sure the Republicans had learned what a fiasco a shutdown was and would not try it again.

    Instead, 18 years later, they decided that the problem with 1995-96 was that they didn't do it hard enough or with extremist-enough demands.

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