By Gary Hanauer, Special to Riptide
The federal government reopened October 17. Commenting on Cincinnati-based radio station WLW, House Speaker John Boehner became the first major official to say that the shutdown would end. The end came after both houses of Congress okayed the deals and President Obama signed enabling measures.
Boehner told listeners: "We fought the good fight. We just didn't win." Then the Senate voted 81-18 to pass a bill to reopen the government and avoid default, lifting the debt ceiling. Senator Lindsey Graham, appearing on CNN, said, "We overplayed our hand so badly, by the end we had just a pair of 2s."