September 15, 2015 12:00 am -


Republicans ought to recall the previous time they shut down the government and how well it did for their party. And to shut it down over Planned Parenthood, which doesn’t use federal dollars for abortions, is both ignorant and crazy.

On Congress’s first day back, the potential for a shutdown jumped to 67 percent, [Stan] Collender wrote. That’s because another highly emotional and dramatic debate was bubbling to the surface: the Iran nuclear deal. On Thursday, Senate Democrats successfully blocked a resolution disapproving of the deal. But, similar to Planned Parenthood this time around and Obamacare in 2013, opponents of the deal could use the budget debate to try to stop the Iran deal from being funded.

“When combined with the expected efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, [the Iran deal] will add significant highly emotional fuel to the partisan fire and make a government shutdown far more politically palatable,” Collender wrote.

… it’s 75 percent likely the government will shut down for at least a day or two, Jim Manley, a former high-ranking Senate Democratic aide to then-Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), told The Fix. There’s simply too much to get done and too many pressure points.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.