Pity the poor, right-wing hack. The order is out: the Trump administration has been a triumph, and should be, erm, trumpeted as such, on the first anniversary of his inauguration, to be marked by -- urghggh -- a government shutdown and a Republican-controlled Congress against a Republican president. Triumph indeed.

The shutdown is Trump's failure of course, whichever way it spins. What President can't get a spending package through his own party? One with zero political skills or application. It joins a list of failures.