The shutdown was also consistent with a goal long sought by a subset of the Republican Party that wants to dismantle the government.
Attempts at coalition building won't succeed by eliding or erasing our cultural and ideological differences, but, instead, by embracing them.
Michael Bay's latest uses action-movie clichés to convey an anti-government message.
GOP chairman Reince Priebus says putting Republicans in more primaries and caucuses would make them more competitive in the general election. But the data disagrees.