People flocked to theatres in the 1940s to catch serials like the Perils of Pauline, Blazing the Overland Trail, Brenda Starr and Captain Marvel. The drama was unmatched as moviegoers always found their hero facing certain death each week in classical, cliffhanger fashion.
And then the hero would escape and return for another cliffhanger the next week.
These days, those cliffhanger serials seem to run on C-SPAN, with the 112th Congress narrowly averting disaster at every turn.
In March and April, the federal government came within a whisker of closing because Congress and President Obama waged an epic fight over spending priorities. The country nearly defaulted on its debt last month. And now in late September, lawmakers are like Indiana Jones, dashing out of the cave with a gigantic boulder bearing down on them.
The government starts a new fiscal year in a week-and-a-half. And there is again the chance for a government shutdown...