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Notable & Quotable: Obama White House is 'winning

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President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, about the government shutdown. Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a protracted dispute over Obama's signature health care law reached a boiling point, forcing some 800,000 federal workers off the job. Credit: AP

Although the shutdown stalemate in Washington continues, the Obama administration seems confident that it has already won this war.  A quote from an unnamed senior administration official in today's Wall Street Journal explains why:

Terry Holt, a longtime Republican strategist, said Mr. Obama's strategy rests on a cold-eyed calculation that Republicans are the ones with the most to lose. "As long as the president thinks his poll numbers are going to be good, I don't expect the government to reopen," he said.

Said a senior administration official: "We are winning...It doesn't really matter to us"how long the shutdown lasts "because what matters is the end result."

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