Chris Wallace: This Shutdown Could Last for a While Because Both Side See It to Their Advantage
SMITH: "We just spoke with Speaker Ryan, Marc Short, the legislative director -- all things seem to be pointing to a government shutdown."
WALLACE: "Absolutely. And -- and the fact that -- and I’m a little jealous that you got to speak to all of those folks today is they are busy in spin cycle now. It looks so much like a shutdown both sides are going to be very interested in making their case as to why it’s the other side’s fault that we’re going to get a shutdown tonight at midnight. And maybe one side will blink between now and midnight but it sure it doesn’t look that way. You heard the speaker, you heard Marc Short, the legislative director there basically saying that the Democrats are willing to shut down the government to protect illegal immigrants and that’s what the DREAMers are. On the other hand the Democrats are going to make the argument that Republicans are in control of the House, the Senate and the White House. There has never been a shutdown when there is unified government, one party control of Washington until potentially midnight tonight. And I think --"
SMITH: "So what should that tell us?"
WALLACE: "Let me -- can I -- let me just quickly --"
WALLACE: "-- add one last point. It's one of the reasons why I think this shutdown could last for a while, because both sides see it to their political advantage. And if that’s the case until one side gets the message you are getting blamed for this, this could go on."