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Poll: Shutdown Hardly a Catastrophe for GOP

While more people blame Republicans for the federal government shutdown, plenty also blame President Obama and the Democrats, suggesting no one has won the war for public opinion and Republicans are not yet suffering the grievous political consequences commonly predicted.

According to a CBS News poll conducted after the shutdown began October 1, 44 percent of Americans blame Republicans for the shutdown and 35 percent blame Obama and the Democrats, while 17 percent blame both. The numbers are almost the same as before the shutdown.

CBS notes that during the last shutdown in November 1995 – widely said to have harmed the GOP – 51 percent of Americans blamed the Republicans in Congress and 28 blamed Bill Clinton.

At this stage, things could go either way. In calling congressional leaders to a meeting at the White House Wednesday, Obama and the Democrats demonstrated they are not sure their “we don’t talk to terrorists” strategy is working. The meeting was not substantive – merely a photo op designed to portray Obama as reasonable.

The advent of Obamacare – glitches, warts and all – will continue to help Republicans as the program they’re trying to eliminate gets bad press. Republicans have lots of cards in their deck: People don’t like Obamacare; people don’t like Obama; people don’t like the federal government.

The polls will play an important role here. Eventually, public opinion will weaken someone’s spine.

55 Responses to Poll: Shutdown Hardly a Catastrophe for GOP

    • Eureka! Young Brandon didn’t even need an ACORN navigator to help him find the freebies! Did anyone verify his income? As a proud new Medicaid recipient, Brandon is also entitled to the entire welfare package – food stamps, subsidized housing, tax credits, i-phones, etc
      Hope Brandon realizes he needs to keep his $39/month ins. policy in the event he gets sick! Most docs do not accept Medicaid.


        • Michelle Malkin has a good piece on her site about Seedco — a thoroughly corrupt and despicable non profit that has a big hand in the “navigator” business. Navigators — now that is one scary shiftless crowd. Lots of fraud and lawsuits will result from their handiwork.

          And this is the one instance that I feel sorry for the LIV who will be using them — as they set up in their trusty drugstores.

  1. Parks (Federal and even Private) are being closed down and shut.
    Here’s the Top three things the Obama administration can’t seem to stop:
    1) Biden’s mouth
    2) Iran’s Nuclear Program
    3) Putin making a fool of Obama
    4) Dennis Rodman’s Frequent flyer account
    5) Michelle’s Garden
    6) Bogeys on the 17th hole.
    7) Jay Z talking about his drug deals
    8) Deficit spending
    9) Capitalism

  2. Claire McCaskill made those rude remarks at the WW2 Memorial yesterday about the Republicans playing politics and the Tea Party. Well
    I tried to call and everyone of her offices has only a recording due to the
    shutdown. I was able to reach both my Senators and my four Representatives in KS pretty interesting. A new Quisling for the growing crowd!

      • I’m still at it 62 and on a mission I think we should out all the new
        Quislings like Claire McCaskill if you’re going to say it stand up but
        I guess she’s under her desk.

        • Claire frosts my cahooties! She always finds her way on the blabs and Obama-apologizes her heart out. She didn’t know his name until her daughter, in 2008, told her about him! Ick!

          • She’s one of Obama’s hormonal honeys that clung to him
            during the election that’s how the nation got inflected with
            my former Gov Sebelius. They swooned like schoolgirls it
            was icky.:-(

    • As a Missouri constituent, I deeply dislike the feel of the knife she planted in my back (and the backs of many more here in this state). She continuously refuses to represent the majority will of her constituents, instead choosing to hold tight to her own and her party’s ideology.

      She is a crook, a back stabber, and an elitist snob, just for starters. She is the epitome of the saying “How do you know a politician is lying? Their lips are moving.” She moves her lips a lot.

    • I will NEVER forgive Todd Akin for putting his ego ahead of Missouri and letting McCaskill get re-elected. If we had a re-call option here she’d be the first to go but unfortunately we’re stuck with her for another 5 years.
      All Cacklin Claire cares about is her Morning Joe appearances and Obama and Reid letting her continue to lick their boots.

  3. I agree with Sarah Palin. “Polls are for strippers and cross-country skiers.” Advocacy polls can and will be skewed by state-run media to get their desired results. Read yesterday that state-run media has published zero stories holding Democrats responsible for what’s going on in Washington, DC. That just goes to show that their poll results will eventually lay blame on Republicans, when it is actually the ruling class elites from both parties who got us into this mess.

    This shutdown is different from 1995. There were only three major television news channels, and the internet was in its infancy. Today we have alternative media and the world wide interweb to find out the truth about what our congresscritters are doing behind the scenes. Today it is not about the political horse race – Democrat versus Republican. It is about the ruling class versus the country class. We the People are on to the games being played by the DC elites, and we will not be fooled again.

    • The best, the only polls for me, are the calls and e-mails legislators are receiving from their constituents. Ted Cruz has received over 2 million signatures on his petition.

      And speaking of the ruling class, how do you like the idea of Boehner ready to sign onto the carve-out for Congress? This is what our conservatives are up against. And it also shows how Harry Reid, who released that bit of information, is well supplied with ammo, aka dirt, against his enemies.

      • I wasn’t surprised to learn that Boehner is a low-life self-involved weasel. His lack of outrage against the cryptkeeper for releasing those emails was also telling. When Tea Party reps tried to speak out for their constituents, Boehner and his boys responded by tossing them from committee memberships in an effort to silence them. He just acquiesces to the cryptkeeper. Proof positive that they’re both on the same side – the side of the leviathan.

  4. His Pettiness will overplay his hand.

    I suspect he will be unable to contain his arrogance and sense of entitlement and show up in his plus fours at the Andrews golf course.

    The irony of being brought down by the trivial behaviour for which he is often ridiculed — that would work for me.

    I merely mimic His Pettiness.

        • Blankfein and Dimon looked like political hostages yesterday. After calling them ‘fat cat’ banksters for the past 5 years, he now wants their help in scaring the living daylights out of the financial mkts. And, of course, it didn’t take much prodding for Clapper to pipe up and try to scare the devil out of everyone – ‘we’re not safe anymore’.
          What kind of monster does this kind of stuff? There is no way the U.S. will default on its debt. Period. End of story.

  5. While the shutdown is not especially hurting the GOP right now and may even end up hurting Obama more in the long run, it is disturbing to read under the morning headlines the one from Politico in which a group of GOP Senators in a closed door meeting attacked Sen. Ted Cruz as being responsible for causing the shutdown. We need to learn the names of all the culprits besides those of McCain, Graham, and Cornyn and defeat all of them we can in primaries next year. If anyone finds out the complete list, please post the names.

    • RINOs love to use Politico to do their undercover dirty work. It was one or more of the 25 cloture vote turncoats who blame Ted Cruz for exposing their treachery and deceit…

      Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
      Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
      John Barrasso (R-WY)
      Roy Blunt (R-MO)
      John Boozman (R-AR)
      Richard Burr (R-NC)
      Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
      Jeff Chiesa (R-NJ)
      Dan Coats (R-IN)
      Tom Coburn (R-OK)
      Thad Cochran (R-MS)
      Susan Collins (R-ME)
      Bob Corker (R-TN)
      John Cornyn (R-TX)
      Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
      John Hoeven (R-ND)
      Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
      Mike Johanns (R-NE)
      Ron Johnson (R-WI)
      Mark Kirk (R-IL)
      John McCain (R-AZ)
      Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
      Lisa Murkowksi (R-AK)
      John Thune (R-SD)
      Roger Wicker (R-MS)

      • Kelly Ayotte — what a worthless person she turned out to be. Lots of potential and such an early sell out. At least Rubio is working to redeem himself. She is just all in, all the time. Stands for nothing.

        • Forgive my over commenting, but it occurs to me that Republicans might have a shot at accomplishing something — even with this dead weight in the Party. That said, now would be a good time to send words of encouragement and support to hold the line and go for what is good and worthy and either refund, repeal Obamacare or truly make it “the law of the land” or the “tax” of the land — with no exceptions. Remove all waivers, exemptions, exceptions etc. — including John Roberts himself.

          But I digress. The guys who are fighting the good fight need support and fence sitters need to be persuaded.

  6. Pay attention to what is not making headlines this week. Both parties continue to push for immigration reform, whatever that means along with such language as “operational control” and “situational awareness.” Good grief, are they writing a manual for pilot training or do they intend to parachute illegal immigrants into the country?!

    The legislation, H.R. 15, is based on S.744, the Senate’s bipartisan immigration bill, but eliminates the border security language of the Senate-passed bill. In its place is new border security language drafted by Reps. Mike McCaul (R-Texas) and Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), which requires the Department of Homeland Security to craft a strategy for “operational control” of the border. It allows two years for DHS to attain “situational awareness” after passage of the bill and another two years for implementation of a strategy.

    “They can immediately secure a National Park with no budget… but they refuse to fix our nation’s border!”

  7. One last comment: in a couple of weeks the shutdown over Obamacare is going to devolve into a much bigger issue, the debt ceiling crisis, and I think that the polling indicates that the public is even more against governmental endless and unaccounted spending than it is for Obamacare. Obama is not going into that with great popularity or support.

    • I think there is some “grand plan” to tie everything to this debt ceiling issue. I don’t know enough to speak of it, but if done correctly perhaps we can come to some resolution that will limit Obama’s ability to go outside the confines of his office and muck around to keep the country off kilter. Dunno’

      Could be good, could be awful. Welcome to the uncertainty that is Amerika under Obama’s thumb,

      • I think you’re right. I just saw something about Obama willing to come to the table now and Boehner promising Republicans that he will not let the country default. Really, and who would? Conservatives believe in paying their bills and furthermore know that this country defaulting would complete our destruction in the world’s opinion. Getting to look like a kabuki dance.

  8. So really, what difference does it make? The media is always
    in Obama’s corner, and so many of us do not watch the MSM anymore
    for this reason. We get our news from Drudge, our newspaper and
    the internet. Oh Yes, we also get our news from WHD!

    Thanks Keith.

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