We are going into the second week of the GOP shutdown and the Republicans continue to self-destruct courtesy of Ted Cruz and the Tea Party. House Speaker John Boehner has become so politically impotent because of the Tea Party, that he won't even bring the CR bill up for a vote. The irony here is that the clean continuing resolution (CR) bill being represented is a short-term funding bill that has funding levels that the Republicans wanted and with enough votes to pass it. The CR contains the sequester cuts THEY wanted. It's THEIR budget. So does Boehner bring it up for a vote so they can pass it? No, they move the goal post out further because they're afraid of their corporate Koch Bros. puppet masters, right-wing media calling them out, and their angry Obama-hating base that show up at Town Halls screaming Obama's a Socialist!, Repeal Obamacare!".
What the teabaggers at these Town Halls don't get is the simple fact that most of Obamacare is already funded. You are not getting rid of Obamacare. The exchanges are up and running. This is more proof that this behavior is a mix of stupidity & Obama derangement. If the Republicans want to attempt at a repeal of Obamacare, they need to win elections - all three branches of government for starters. In the meantime the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land. On the first day alone that Americans could shop for health coverage, 2.8 million people had visited the exchanges. As of yesterday, the exchanges have had 10 million hits.
Meanwhile, Cruz - who has a favorability rating of 26% (Politico Poll) - and his Tea Party anarchists are paying a steep price for their strategic ignorance and treasonous abuse of office that now risks putting the country into default. A series of polls released Sunday show just how damaging the destructive behavior and the shutdown has been for the GOP. Public Policy Polling compiled two dozen surveys from House districts around the country, taken from Oct. 2 through Oct. 4. Sample sizes were between 600 and 700 voters in each district. For Democrats to win a House majority, 17 seats would need to switch to their party's favor. Results show that would be within reach, as Republican incumbents are behind in 17 of the districts analyzed: CA-31, CO-06, FL-02, FL-10, FL-13, IA-03, IA-04, IL-13, KY-06, MI-01, MI-07, MI-11, NY-19, OH-14, PA-07, PA-08, WI-07. In four districts, the incumbent Republican fell behind after respondents were told their representative supported the government shutdown: CA-10, NY-11, NY-23, VA-02. Three districts saw GOP incumbents maintain their hold over their Democratic challengers, even after hearing their elected officials' views on the shutdown, including CA-21, NV-03 and OH-06. Back in 2012, Democrats picked up eight seats in the House, closing the gap of Republican control to 234-201.
The polls are showing that the Republicans are on a Cruz to nowhere because as far as most Americans are concerned there is nothing to negotiate and no reason for a government shutdown. President Obama won in 2008 when he promised health care reform and the Democrats swept all three branches of government. He won again in 2010 when his Party kept their majority in the Senate - thus preserving the law as written. The Republicans have tried over 40 times without success to defund the bill, and made repealing the ACA the cornerstone of their presidential campaign in 2012. President Obama won that election by over five million votes. The Republicans have no case, no argument to make. They also have no direction and no leadership and hence are quickly sinking into the abyss of irrelevance.