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National Park workers remove a barricade at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial as it reopens to the public in Washington October 17, 2013.
National Park workers remove a barricade at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial as it reopens to the public in Washington October 17, 2013.
(KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS)

DAVID SHRIBMAN

After the shutdown: Why the Tea Party rebels may get the last laugh

So who won the Showdown at Shutdown Gulch?

The answer there is surprising: Not who you think. And maybe nobody.

On the surface, Barack Obama won. His signature health-care law remains intact and his government isn’t going to default, at least not this week.

But what kind of triumph is a victory in which the president can boast he possesses something (Obamacare) that he had in his possession when the fight began? And can you really describe as a victory the failure of a global superpower to default?