Said a senior administration official: “We are winning. . . . It doesn’t really matter to us” how long the shutdown lasts “because what matters is the end result.”
Remember that, every time you hear Obama bewail the shutdown, that his own staffers are saying it “doesn’t really matter” to them how long it lasts.
White House allies, however, say a long shutdown could make the White House’s position less tenable. Mr. Obama is the most visible symbol of the U.S. government, they say, and will inevitably share in the blame as hardships mount and people weary of the infighting.