Andrew Stiles continues to do yeoman’s work on the shutdown at National Review Online.

“When Tip Did It: Tip O’Neill presided over two-thirds of the government shutdowns since 1976.”

The government shut down on October 1 for the 18th time since 1976, after the House and Senate could not agree on a resolution to fund it. Democrats have accused Republicans of negotiating with “a bomb strapped to their chest” and putting “a gun to everybody’s head,” as if it were an anomalous development in the modern political era for Congress to seek to extract policy concessions from the White House by withholding spending authorization. The resulting shutdown, Democrats now suggest, is as unprecedented as it is deplorable. . . .

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