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October 7th, 2013
06:11 PM ET

Roundtable: How much of this shutdown is about the visuals, the optics?

There are some very real, very painful consequences of a government shutdown. But there's also a lot of closures that feel a little gratuitous, like fencing off the Lincoln Memorial, or chaining off children's playgrounds in Washington.

Also Monday, the Amber Alert website that helps find abducted children finally came back online, after going dark, ostensibly due to the shutdown. But the program itself was never affected, so is this all just about the optics?

Our roundtable with CNN chief congressional correspondent Dana Bash, National Review's Ramesh Ponnuru, and former Clinton adviser and CNN political contributor Paul Begala discuss in the videu above.

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