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Today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney claimed that the White House does not believe that Democratic leaders “want a shutdown.”

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Claimed That The Administration Does “Not Believe” That Any Democratic Leader Wants A Shutdown. CARNEY: “We do not believe that any of the leaders in the Congress—Democratic side or the Republican side—want a shutdown. Because we believe that the folks we’ve been talking to understand that a government shutdown would harm the economy, would affect our ability to create jobs, and might upset this fragile economic recovery that we have been experiencing.” (Press Secretary Jay Carney, Remarks At White House Press Briefing, Washington, D.C., 3/31/11)

The White House must read different news than those of us here on Capitol Hill because it was just earlier this week when the Senate’s “de facto leader” Chuck Schumer pushed for his fellow Democrats to politicize spending negotiations. And Sen. Schumer was definitely not the only Democrat “rooting” for a shutdown this week…