Shutdown battle is either at the ‘absurd’ or the ‘serious’ stage: Charles Lane

Shutdown battle is either at the ‘absurd’ or the ‘serious’ stage: Charles Lane

As the partial government shutdown drew closer to becoming the longest of any government shutdown in U.S. history, Washington Post opinion writer Charles Lane reevaluated the present state of the battle over border security on the "Special Report" All-Star panel Friday night.

Lane -- along with Washington Times opinion editor Charlie Hurt and Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Riley -- weighed in on who’s currently winning or losing the shutdown battle and how much longer the impasse will last.

After this week's primetime address to the nation from the Oval Office and a quick visit to the southern border in Texas, President Trump continued to advocate strengthening the barrier between the U.S. and Mexico while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, and Sen.

Lane began Friday's panel session by saying the country was either at the “really absurd stage” or the “really serious stage" of the shutdown.

The Wall Street Journal columnist slammed elected officials on Capitol Hill, saying they aren’t “doing their jobs,” adding that perhaps they aren’t “living paycheck to paycheck” as are many of the 800,000 government workers who weren't paid this week.

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