Winning the Shutdown

by Michael Potemra

Republicans are delighted that the president’s approval rating has plunged to 37 percent; Democrats are gloating that the approval rating of the GOP has sunk to an all-time low of 28 percent. I’ve been thinking of a couple of my favorite similes recently, and I have been grappling with a pesky philosophical question: If a red-headed stepchild fights a rented mule, who will be beaten?