President Donald Trump's budget chief, Mick Mulvaney, stormed Washington as a tea party lawmaker elected in 2010, and he hasn't mellowed much as director of the Office of Management of Budget.
In both spots, he's been at the center of government shutdowns.
As a South Carolina congressman in 2013, Mulvaney was among a faction on the hard right that bullied GOP leaders into a shutdown by insisting on lacing a must-pass spending bill with provisions designed to cripple President Barack Obama's health care law. He blamed the GOP's political beating - and eventual retreat - as the product of bad messaging.
Mulvaney isn't apologizing for the shutdown tactics he employed four years ago. But now he's faulting Democrats for seeking to use the very kind of leverage that he failed to exploit back then.
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