The interesting question is whether voters will simply attribute the shutdown to a failure of individuals within government, or whether this moment of extreme dysfunction opens the door to larger reforms to our system of government.
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Democratic House candidates won more nearly 1.4 million more votes than Republicans last November, yet Republicans control the House. Arizona Republicans have a plan to make the House even less democratic.
By this time next year, fair housing law could be neutered, unions could be hobbled, billionaires could be free to spend millions to put their favorite candidates in office, and the right to choose an abortion could be meaningless.