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The Capitol in Washington at dawn, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. The government shutdown entered its second week with no end in sight.
The Capitol in Washington at dawn, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. The government shutdown entered its second week with no end in sight.
(J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

DAVID SHRIBMAN

How the shutdown has changed Washington’s logic for good

The U.S. government shutdown has produced inconvenience, instability and unusually bitter invective. But it has also produced unanticipated consequences that have left Washington changed – perhaps for the remainder of the Obama years, perhaps longer.

When this imbroglio began, the Republicans were united in their impatience with business as usual, in their opposition to Barack Obama, in their determination to sidetrack if not to kill Obamacare in its crib. And when this episode began, the Democrats were divided, some counting themselves loyal to their president, some increasingly disappointed if not angry with him.