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As the clock struck midnight, in the process sending the federal government into a shutdown, on Monday evening Piers Morgan dedicated a special 12 a.m. edition of his program to covering the chaos from the Nation's Capital.
Welcoming Wolf Blitzer, the "Piers Morgan Live" host asked the man who covered the last government shutdown – 17 years ago – "does Congress realize just how ridiculous it appears to the rest of the world?"
Joining the program live, Blitzer offered his analysis:
"Nobody wants a government shutdown. The Democrats don't want it, the Republicans don't want it, but they're fighting right now over what so many Republicans believe is an abomination: the health care reform law that the President signed into law, was passed by the House, passed by Senate, approved as constitutional by the United States Supreme Court," explained Blitzer. "It's now the law of the land. In fact, today, October 1st, people can start signing up to get insurance, people who didn't have insurance, people who had preexisting conditions...But for a lot of these Republicans, they hate it. And they're willing to see the government shutdown unless there can be some substantive changes."
Watch the above clip as Blitzer goes on to further explain why the Democrats aren't willing to alter their stance, even in the face of a national work stoppage.
With the pending government shutdown baring down on Washington D.C., and subsequently the rest of the country, on Monday evening "Piers Morgan Live" invited Dick Morris to offer his insight.
"I'm opposed to the shutdown, I think it's stupid. I think the Republicans should fight over the debt limit where I think they can win. But the shutdown, there'll be no sonic boom going off at midnight. Three quarters of the government budget, about 70 percent of it, are entitlements, they are not affected by this, they get paid anyway. This is only about a third of the budget," revealed the political author and commentator, before further explaining precisely what the shutdown will mean. "You can use your passport to travel, you can't get a new one. You'll get your Social Security checks, you can't newly apply. You can't get a new gun permit as you pointed out. The effect of this would you can't - national parks will be closed. The effect of it is fairly limited and we felt during the last shutdown, disappointed frankly, at the lack of impact of the shutdown."
For a response from Newt Gingrich, watch the above clip as the host of CNN's "Crossfire" relied on his experience to offer some perspective. And, for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN every night at 9.
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