Gingrich's Lessons on Government Shutdown

By Ben Domenech, The Federalist - September 28, 2013

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has the benefit of speaking from experience when it comes to government shutdowns, particularly ones which attempt to force a president to do something he doesn’t want to do. In the case of the 1995-1996 conflict, which many media observers point to as a political negative for Gingrich and the then-resurgent Republicans, the “Crossfire” co-host says the accepted story gets the outcome of the shutdown wrong, noting that the party picked up two Senate seats and only lost two House seats in 1996 with Bob Dole at the top of the ticket.

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