Many remember the government shutdown of 1995-96 when a showdown between the majority Republicans and the Clinton administration shut down the government for 28 days. They portrayed the speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, as a crybaby because Clinton made him sit at the back of the plane.
Thankfully, compromise did come – a balanced budget over seven years, tax cuts and changes in mandatory spending programs such as Medicare. It worked to Clinton’s advantage.
Today we face another shutdown where President Obama wants no compromise. The Democrats are using the same playbook they used against Newt Gingrich including the …