The political act of shutting down the government is the height of partisan theatrics. But faced with untrustworthy political “compatriots” in the White House and both houses of Congress, it’s difficult to blame Democrats for reaching for this bludgeon to halt the ongoing deportation of potentially tens of thousands of children and young adults. Democrats acted to protect people that an overwhelming number of Americans, including Republicans, have repeatedly said they want excepted from other immigration law

It’s not too late for Coffman and Gardner to put their middle-class Colorado constituents’ needs in front of those of the GOP and the wealthy. It’s unlikely they’ll vote to kill a compromise bill, but it’s possible to at least force their party leaders to remove the meanest, most pernicious elements of this fast-cobbled disaster

The Senate plan is even worse. This version offers the same mathematical cheats and lies to pretend it doesn’t balloon the national debt. But Republican members of the Senate — this is an entirely GOP operation dependent on a parliamentary trick to keep Democrats from having anything to do with it — have sneaked in unrelated poisons, such as anti-abortion-rights measures, Obamacare repeal legislation and a host of  inappropriate Trojan horses