During the 2013 government shutdown, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said the following to CNN’s Jake Tapper:
It was not a hard line on the substantive issues, it was a hard line saying: “Unless I get my way, I’m gonna shut the government down; I’m gonna risk default for the nation.” Now, anyone can do that. I believe in immigration reform. What if I persuaded my caucus to say: “I’m gonna shut the government down; I’m going to not pay our bills unless I get my way”? It’s a politics of idiocy, of confrontation, of paralysis.
Four and a half years later, Schumer appears to have quite a different outlook on the “politics of idiocy.”