"Yes! Yes! That's a very good analogy!" he replied. "Without the violence obviously, but yes, they are a rejectionist front. They don't want to legislate. They think legislation is capitulation. And they want to shut the government down."
"What's going on here as I see it is a kind of slow-motion secession," Mr. Fineman said. "This is an ending of the social compact. This is two, three generations' worth of agreement about Social Security, about Medicare, about the role of the federal government."