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On Thursday, as the nation closed in on the 10th day of a government shutdown, Piers Morgan asked Connecticut Congressman Jim Hines and House Majority Whip Tom Cole to respond to Donald Trump’s negative assessment of negotiations in Washington.
“Donald Trump, in his business when he doesn't like how something is going, he can just do as he does and say 'you're fired,'” said Himes. “None of us can say that to each other. We are all elected by very different people and in different parts of this country.”
Cole remarked that, having never met "The Donald," he was in no place to judge. Cole continued to point out the possibility of a big compromise in the coming days, not unlike agreements reached in previous years:
“We came to a budget deal in April of 2011, had a lot of fights, and came to a debt ceiling deal in August," recalled the Republican serving Oklahoma. "We had the fiscal cliff earlier in January of this year, had a Continuing Resolution deal in March. All four of them were bipartisan. It looks to me like we were on the edge of doing the same thing again, but perhaps in a bigger way and more productively.”
With the debt ceiling deadline rapidly approaching, on Thursday evening "Piers Morgan Live" asked Marc Lamont Hill and Terry Lenzer to offer their reaction as the two political parties appear unable to cooperate.
Lenzer, a former chief investigator on the Senate Watergate Committee, compared this situation to that of something from the Richard Nixon administration:
“It goes back to ignoring the merits of the case and making it totally partisan, totally personal which is not our experience was going again back to the 1970…My recollection is subsequent to the Nixon effort which ended up the way it ended up with his resignation," he stated. "After that, I think there was such a hatred and frankly...animosity between the two parties that it exacerbated the relationships and there was never ever close to an effort to bring them...together as personalities and experienced political people.”
Hill agreed, but said that, while this pattern of party politics is nothing new, this government shutdown has taken things to another level:
“Let's not be nostalgic either though. I mean there have always been moments from every Congressional session whether Republicans want to stop Democrats, the Democrats want to stop Republicans, and the policy itself was secondary and tertiary," noted the Columbia University professor. "So, let's not be romantic about this. However, this is the most dysfunctional state we've ever been, and what we as the American people have to do is force them to do their job, they won't do it on their own, but we can force them to.”