01/30/2019

There might be some silver linings after the dark cloud of the government shutdown. FOX's Chad Pergram with more in today's "The Speaker's Lobby."

I'm Chad Pergram with the Speaker's Lobby.

It is said that crises like the government shutdown sometimes create the opportunity to forge landmark agreements.

Such was the case with the mid-1990s in the deadlock between President Clinton and House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Shutdowns sparked a major deal on federal spending and prompted welfare reform.

The Administration and many Republicans think there are fissures in the Democratic ranks when it comes to border security or a wall.

Consider the fact that Democrats now control the House because they won seats with moderate to conservative Democrats in battleground districts.

Championing a wall is good politics for these members.

But here's the problem. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The government shutdown and stare down with President Trump only emboldened Democrats.

It solidified the standing of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with Democrats who were skeptical of her.

The freshman House Democratic class is full of disruptors and upstarts, ready to crash the system.

Rather than turning their attention on Pelosi and other "institutional problems," the newcomers directed their ire on the President.

The shutdown helped Pelosi keep Democrats together and channel energies against Mr. Trump.

With the Speaker's Lobby, Chad Pergram. Fox News.