October 17th, 2013
11:24 PM ET

Shutdown: Winners and losers

The dust is still settling on this latest budget battle. President Obama says there were no winners, but it seems plenty of lawmakers from both parties are framing this as a victory. So what was gained and lost during the 16 day shutdown? Andrew Sullivan, founding editor of The Dish and Christian Coalition founder Ralph Reed debate.

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  1. terry kershaw

    I really do not understand anyone talking to Ralph Reed or Grover Norquist. Both of these men did some very shady and illegal things with Jack Abrams. He went to jail and they are on every talk show I watch lately. Ask the religious groups they bilked out of money to stop Indian Casinos from starting up in other states , so they could count on funding from the tribe that was paying them to keep all of the casino business in the areas. Every time I see either one of them being asked to give any opinion on the govt. I feel like screaming GO TO JAIL.

    October 19, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
  2. Jim Rebeck

    I am growing more concerned each day regarding our lack of capable leadership in Washington. Let’s face it, the administration’s success or failure is really our success or failure. They represent us all. Their recent failure to form a working coalition with the political parties to solve the nation’s fiscal problems is strikingly similar to its failure to form a coalition among our allies regarding what action to take against Syria for its use of chemical weapons. It could not even garner the support of the UK clearly our closest ally. Somehow I suspect that Mr Putin will not come to Washington to offer Obama a way out of his current dilemma.
    A democracy survives through compromise. If those we elect to represent us cannot achieve this, our nation’s future is indeed bleak. Our executive branch needs to stop running for office and start governing for the betterment of the nation and all of its people.

    October 18, 2013 at 2:16 pm |

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