The 1996 government shutdown is widely acknowledged by Republicans to have been a disaster, politically speaking, for their side.  It played a central role in Bill Clinton's re-election that November and Newt Gingrich's eventual ouster as Speaker following the 1998 election.

There's reason to believe that this shutdown, which began at midnight Tuesday morning, could be even more treacherous for Republicans. The party is less well regarded, less unified and less in control of Congress than they were back in late 1995 and early 1996.

We explain it all in the "In Play" clip below.

The 1995 government shutdowns were bad for Republicans — but politically, the GOP could have much more to lose this time around. (The Washington Post)