With the government shutdown now entering its second week, both political parties are pointing the finger to blame at each other. While politicians in Washington are playing the blame game, media pundits are also making their voices heard. During Friday nights episode of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher," Maher was joined by MSNBC host Chris Matthews as they defended the Affordable Care Act against the conservatives on the panel, Republican James Glassman and CNBC’s Carol Roth.
James Glassman, the founding executive director of the George W. Bush Institute, argued that the reason for the public blame leaning toward the Republicans are due to extreme policies pushed by right-wing organizations like "Heritage Action." CNBC host Carol Roth put more of the blame at the doorstep of Congressional Republicans. Roth noted that Republicans should have framed this issue better and needed to “recognize Obamacare was going to be a hot mess and just wait for it unroll, then they could have been the heroes coming in on the white knight horse.”
Both conservatives pointed to the computer issues that plagued the health care reform's website during the initial roll out, but Chris Matthews put a stop to their rhetoric.
“When Apple comes out with a product and their so many orders they can’t keep up, it’s a success.”
Bill Maher than continued to defend the Health Care Law, noting that the states with Republican leadership have made it difficult for the law to work properly.
“The reason why it's not working in some states is because those governors in those states don't want it to work. It’s working fine in California, in Maryland in Kentucky which has a Democratic Governor. It’s not working where it’s being sabotaged.”
The argument comes at a time when Republicans are at their lowest approval with the American people. According to the most recent Gallup poll, Republicans are polling their lowest approval numbers since Gallup began tracking over 20 years ago. On the flip side, whole Republicans are watching their numbers drop, President Obama is seeing his climb. A new Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday, October 12th shows President Obama's approval hitting 51 percent.
If Republicans have any chance of winning future national elections and getting in the good graces of the American people, they will need to change their tune quickly. As the Affordable Care Act becomes more popular with the American people, the Republican party will watch their popularity continue to decline.