The political behavior in Washington these days looks familiar to professionals who deal with divorce, family money squabbles and even school bullies.
The difference, according to the pros: The budget standoff is crazier.
Anti-bullying consultant Barbara Coloroso says politicians fighting over the budget remind her of mean middle-schoolers.
Washington-area attorney Sanford Ain says his family law cases taught him that people who have extreme views and won't compromise can't get anything done.
Altina Waller, an expert on the Hatfields and McCoys, says Democrats and Republicans share something in common with the historic feuders — they blame their opponents for larger economic forces beyond their control.
Deep budget cuts that leaders of both parties say will harm the country take effect starting Friday unless the two sides can make a deal.
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