Chris Cillizza and Sean Sullivan from “The Fix” column at the Washington Post explain this morning “why Republicans are losing the shutdown blame game”.
First off, it isn't a game. Our nation has suffered a loss of credibility no matter what the outcome because damage has been done that created soreness both inside the country and outside.
List of damage resulting from dysfunction, leadership deficiencies, and hostile actions by the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives:
1. Insult and injury to government workers.
2. Insult and injury to veterans, soldiers, families, tens of millions of people in need of social services across the nation.
3. Damage from an increasing risk in conducting business with the U.S. government and private enterprise throughout the world.
4. Instability among the government contracting community, undermining national security and government services.
5. Undermining the core faith that Americans have in their government.
6. Failing to produce solutions for economic sustainability.
7. Squandering time and resources without optimizing return on cost.
“A single question in the NBC-WSJ poll captures that sentiment. Seven in 10 people agreed with the statement that Republicans are “putting their own political agenda ahead of what is good for the country” while just 27 percent said that the GOP is “demonstrating strong leadership and standing up for what they believe in.”
“Why Republicans are losing the shutdown blame game
By Chris Cillizza and Sean Sullivan, Published: October 11 at 6:30 am
The new NBC-Wall Street Journal poll not only contains a slew of bad news for the Republican Party but also an explanation for why the GOP is losing the blame game over the government shutdown.
The answer is simple: The American public views the Republican party’s motives in the shutdown as overwhelmingly political. And looking political is the absolute worst thing that can happen to a political party.”