Finally and suddenly, America had had enough.
The drizzle of effects of the government shutdown morphed into a downpour, a winter storm of disruption, dysfunction and desperation that shocked stubborn politicians into action.
The 35-day shutdown was supposedly going to linger for months because President Donald Trump's base insisted on a wall along the border with Mexico and the Democratic base demanded that federal workers return to their jobs without condition.
Now, that debate has been kicked down the road for three weeks. Despite his vow that he would never reopen government without money for the wall, Trump relented without the promise of a single...