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?