Following the government shutdown, both political parties and their true colors came to light. While the Democrats were aligned together, the Republican party was more divided than ever before.
Following he government shutdown, thousands of Americans have been put out of work, national parks and museums have been closed and uncertainty growing more in the minds of the American people by the day. Recent polls show that Congress now has a single digit approval rating and the latest Gallup poll revealed the Republican party has their lowest approval rating since Gallup started asking the question in 1992. All politicians and elected officials have been seen in a negative light over the last few weeks, President Obama included, but the Republicans are the ones who are getting hit the hardest.
While Republicans can't catch a break in any poll or survey, President Obama has found some light at the end of the tunnel. In a recent right-wing leaning Rasmussen poll, President Obama's approval has actually increased to 51 percent. With the Tea Party pulling the Republican party further and further to the political right, the majority of the American people are turned off the party as a whole. In those who don't aligned themselves with the Tea Party are frustrated, viewing conservative moderates as weak for bowing the many of the radical demands from the Tea Party caucus.
The wave of the Tea Party rushed into Congress in 2010 during the midterm elections and far right conservatives cheered with joy. Since then, nothing much has happened in Washington as the Tea Party has been hell bent on obstructing any and everything that President Obama tries to gain traction on. Following the record filibusters used by Republicans in Congress during President Obama's first two years in office, the Tea Party stepped up their game and have done everything in their power to prevent the president's attempt at improving the country.
With the Tea Party pulling the strings of House Speaker John Boehner and the entire GOP, one must ask whether the Tea Party is actually turning into a good thing politically for President Obama and the Democratic party. With all eyes focused on Washington and the government shutdown, the Tea Party is drawing attention that only shines a negative light on the conservative movement in the United States. President Obama and Democrats are reeking the benefits of the radical side of the Republican party and it is showing in the polls.
The 2014 midterm elections are about a year away and the Republican party needs to change their tune. If Republicans plan to repeat the success they had during the 2010 midterms, they will need to get their radical side in order or they won't be cheering as much this time around.