GOP government shutdown strategy damages the GOP

Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

The brand new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll Read
the full poll here (.pdf)
is a jaw-dropping disaster for the GOP. First Read: NBC/WSJ poll: Shutdown debate damages GOP:

By a 22-point margin (53 percent to 31 percent), the public
blames the Republican Party more for the shutdown than President Barack
Obama – a wider margin of blame for the GOP than the party received
during the poll during the last shutdown in 1995-96.

Just 24 percent of respondents have a favorable opinion about the
GOP, and only 21 percent have a favorable view of the Tea Party, which
are both at all-time lows in the history of poll. […]

Yet what is perhaps even more worrisome for the GOP is the
“boomerang” effect: As the party has used the shutdown and fiscal fight
to campaign against the nation’s health-care law and for limited
government, the poll shows those efforts have backfired.

For one thing, the health-care law has become more popular since the
shutdown began. Thirty-eight percent see the Affordable Care Act (or
“Obamacare”) as a good idea, versus 43 percent who see it as a bad idea –
up from 31 percent good idea, 44 percent bad idea last month.

In addition, 50 percent say they oppose totally eliminating funding
for the law, even if it that means a partial shutdown of the government.
That’s up from 46 percent who said they opposed that move in a Sept.
2013 CNBC poll.

Seventy-eight percent of the country, according to this poll, says the
country is moving in the wrong direction and pretty much all of them
blame it on the Republicans.

These are the kind of poll numbers that if this was October 2014 instead of October 2013, we would be looking at a Democratic "wave" election next month. Princeton’s Sam Wang examines the possibility of a Democratic “wave” in House elections next year given the shutdown backlash.

All of the political experts and pundits warned the GOP not to pursue this failed strategy, but the radical extremists in the Tea Party only listen to the far-right agitators from the "Kochtopus," Club for Growth, FreedomWorks, Heritage Action, etc., who insisted upon this doomed strategy. They were led into a "dead-end," a "blind alley," a "box canyon" by the likes of Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Ted "Calgary" Cruz (R-TX), the most despised man in Washington, D.C.

Teddy Calgary reminds me of someone, General George Armstrong Custer, who thought that he was smarter than everyone else and ignored sound advice before leading his men to slaughter at Little Big Horn. This scene from Little Big Man pretty much captures what happened to the GOP under the leadership of General Ted "Custer" Cruz.

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) denounces Sen. Ted "Custer" Cruz in this segment today on Andrea Mitchell. "Cruz is a fraud … he never had a plan … we have to cut this guy off now." Andrea Mitchell: "Tell me what you really think."

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