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Monday, October 07, 2013

Republicans losing in government shutdown game

The federal government shutdown on October 1, 2013 because the House Republicans did not agree to a budget.  The GOP is demanding that Obama's health care plan be delayed or weakened, but with neither side budging, the government shutdown continues.

So how are the Republicans doing because they want to deny affordable health care coverage to millions of Americans?  Not too well.

Republicans are losing the shutdown blame game

By 44 percent to 35 percent, more say Republicans in Congress are to blame than Obama/Democrats for the shutdown in a CBS News poll conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday. A simultaneous Fox News poll of registered voters found 42 percent saying either “Republican leaders” or “Tea party Republicans, such as Ted Cruz,” are responsible while 32 percent blamed Obama or “Democratic leaders, such as Harry Reid.”

Some longtime Republican donors are unnerved by the GOP’s shutdown strategy

Veteran Republican fundraisers are increasingly alarmed by the defiant stance of hard-line conservatives amid the federal government shutdown, prompting fears that many key donors may be restrained in their giving going into the 2014 midterms.

The growing unhappiness among longtime GOP check-writers and party elders underscores the deepening divisions over the ascendant tea party wing, which fueled this past week’s shutdown and is demanding Democratic concessions in exchange for reopening the government and raising the nation’s debt limit.


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