“Nobody wants the government to shut down.”

That’s the message that the White House wanted you to take away from their cynical, disgusting tactics during the negotiations for a Continuing Resolution that would have prevented it from happening. And America might have believed it, if it hadn’t been for the fact that Republicans let the children’s health insurance program – CHIP – expire nearly 4 months ago and did nothing about it until it was time to fund the government. Then, like the bastards they are, they attached the passage of CHIP to their own demands on the budget deal, and acted like it was Democrats holding literal children hostage.

That’s garbage, and America knows it.

Even so, Trump and the Republicans found some measure of success floating that narrative. Even the supposedly “liberal” New York Times ran breathless headlines about Democrats “blocking” the bill, as though the GOP somehow mustered even enough support among their own members to pass it — they didn’t, and Democrats never needed to “block” anything. It didn’t even have a simple majority in the Senate.

But even the most cynical of Trump supporters have to question the statement of Trump’s Budget Director, Mick Mulvaney, regarding the Republican Shutdown of 2018:

“[T]he Office of Management and Budget is charged with, you know, sort-of implementing running a shutdown. In fact, I found out for the first time last night that the person who technically shuts the government down is me, which is kind of cool.”

Okay. I know you caught that. That’s the Budget Director, who is clearly giddy at the prospect of doing something “cool” in his pencil-pushing role as the Executor of Trump’s disastrous fiscal policies. He kind of geeked out over it, really. He was on – who else – Sean Hannity’s program, and he positively had glee in his voice as he described how “cool” it would be to preside over, you know, people not being able to get food stamps. Or not being able to go to the doctor if they’re new to Medicaid. Or get military death benefits.

It’s gross, but it’s the Republican way. And as outraged as America is that Republicans have taken it this far, the statement from Mulvaney is just beyond the pale.