The Normalization of Government Shutdowns
One unfortunate feature of the current budget standoff is that Democrats appear to have accepted the idea that threatening or causing a partial government shutdown is a valid tactic. While there are precedents for government shutdowns from the 19th century, the modern use of that plan was initiated by congressional Republicans in 1995. Since then, Democrats have routinely attacked the idea of shutting down the government to achieve some political end as illegitimate.
Not anymore. Sadly, this means that this will became standard operating procedure. Granted, the more partial you make the shutdown the more symbolic it becomes. I do not understand, for instance, how the national parks can be kept open while the government is closed, as a national park is definitely not an essential service, but there are reports that the Administration may keep them open this time in the event of a shutdown.
Democracy means caring more about the rules than about the partisan results. Alas.