HuffPost's Howard Fineman appeared on 'The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell' Wednesday night to discuss the politics of a government shutdown.
"I think what this is a battle over here, Lawrence, is for the hearts and minds of independent fair-minded voters, and believe me, there's still a few of them left in this country," explained Fineman.
He went on to express that he thinks "a fair number of them [members of the Tea Party] are going to celebrate if there's a shutdown."
Speaking about the President's role in the budget negotiations, Fineman said, "I think that the President needs to project the sense that whatever happens he's going to try to be in charge of the situation."
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