David Atkins skewers the narrative that somehow Democrats bear some–indeed, any–reponsibility for the Trumpian temper tantrum. A nugget:
The current standoff over the shutdown–now moving into a record-breaking fifth week–is less of a negotiation than it is a hostage crisis. Donald Trump is less a politician bargaining for a deal, and more a stick-up man out of time and trapped by the cops, determined to hurt innocents rather than give himself up. And Mitch McConnell is his willing accomplice.