Seventeen years is how far back you’d have to go to see the last federal government shutdown that temporarily closed federal programs like the Natchez Trace Parkway.
Back then, the political climate was very similar to today’s.
A Democrat was president, and the House was controlled by Republicans, both who were bickering about how to properly run the government and its programs.
During that time, former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour was head of the Republican National Committee, and he says the party is repeating the same mistake.
“It was bad for Republicans,” Barbour said. “The Republicans got the blame. Fortunately, it wasn’t nearly as bad as people were led to believe it was gonna be, but it did hurt Republicans.”