This AP article about the impending fight between President Bush and Congress over the funding bill has a strange twist to history. Talking about the last time a President and Congress fought over a budget, the reporter says:
The looming showdown was reminiscent of the GOP-led fight with President Clinton over the 1996 budget, which caused a partial government shutdown that lasted 27 days. Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., the House speaker at the time, eventually relented but claimed victory because the bill represented a substantial savings over the previous year's spending.
That's the first time I have ever heard anyone say that the budget fight of 1996 was a victory for Congress. Newt may have claimed victory, but it was widely acknowledged by everyone that Clinton was the victor in that fight. I'm guessing that it's a bit of the ol' let's rewrite history and hope the public is stupid enough to buy it.