A little, but no long term harm. Because the shutdown was so short very few voters were affected by closing the governments doors for the weekend. Schumer and company should be thankful. This shutdown was on the Democrats shoulders. They wanted a deal on DACA aka Dreamers and without one the government and specifically the military which needs an infusion of dollars now least we fall further behind on the Pentagon’s
enhancement goals. What was disturbing was the Democrats amnesia over the history of government shutdowns and which party gets the blame. The last government shutdown was in 2013 when the Republicans decided to close to government rather then to appropriate money for Obamacare. Not only did the Republicans take a political bath Obamacare became more popular as a results. In1995 and 1996 the Republicans again forced government closure over Bill Clinton’s budget. Again the Republicans took the blame.
If something sounds familiar among these three shutdowns it is that the party that shuts down the government wants its way. The “closing party” almost always loses politically and sometimes in a big way. This shutdown, initiated by the Democrats, demanded a fix for children who were brought here illegally by their parents. What the Democrats got was an agreement from Mitch McConnell, whose word is sometimes suspect, that
a full debate on immigration reform including the dreamers which would begin before the deadline for the next government shutdown which is now scheduled for February 8, 2018.
Fortunately the Democrats did get an agreement that the Dreamers Bill would be separate from an overall immigration reform bill. The immigration reform bill will be very tough to pass since conservatives are united against reform. Because it will be a separate bill DACA
will probably pass since it has a lot of support from both parties.
For the Democrats sake lets hope there is a DACA bill. The grassroots left is not happy with this deal, especially because they have no faith in McConnell or Trump. It is true most Americans favor a bill for the dreamers, but it’s really not high on their agenda. That’s good for the Democrats because by November and the midterm elections no one will remember this brief shut down. But who will remember it is a large part of the grassroots base of the Democratic Party who will be furious if a bill does not emerge. That said political cost to Democrats may well be lower turnout among it’s own.