The Democrats want a shutdown more than anything else.  Chuck Schumer has been itching for it, as has the entire Democratic caucus. It will be their magic elixir:

It’s hard to make a deal when you think you don’t even need to negotiate — and that’s what the Democrats think. They think if they shut the government down, they win, and will extract from the Republicans almost everything they want in the next round of negotiations, so why negotiate?

We’ll see if they’re right about that.

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