— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) December 31, 2018
What the partial shutdown is making clear is just how superfluous so much of the federal government is. Most people have no idea what exactly is shut down or how it affects them–because it doesn’t affect them. The impending government shutdown is the new Y2K bug.
President Trump isn’t going to get the wall. As his candidacy was a referendum on a wall so will the status of the wall in 2020 be a referendum on his presidency. The biggest impact of his four years in office will instead be the total makeover he’s performed on the Overton Window. He has said so many putatively verboten things and despite the hysteria about their presaging the coming of Orange Hitler, everything is basically the same as it was before. Now he’s revealing that a shuttering of the federal government doesn’t change anything, either.
If we don’t need the federal government, maybe we don’t need a federal anything. Our walk down the path of political dissolution continues. Happy New Year!