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October 17, 2013


Crisis is the New Normal

Joshua Green: "While the shutdown might look like the spectacular self-immolation of a band of bitter enders, it's better understood as the natural consequence of a decades-long shift in the American political landscape...Congress has become so intensely divided that there isn't much room left at the edges of the ideological continuum. Far from being an aberration, crises are more like the new normal...It's not hard to envision a future that looks an awful lot like the present, with Republicans just strong enough to maintain control of the House, but shut out of the Senate and White House, and Democrats unable to regain the unified control of Washington they enjoyed during Obama's first two years. This is a formula for plenty of drama and few accomplishments."














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