Poll Shows More Americans Blame Republicans for Government Shutdown

cruz-repubIn something that should come as no surprise to anyone with any kind of common sense, a CBS poll showed that 44 percent of Americans blame Republicans for the government shutdown, with 35 percent blaming President Obama and Democrats.  Seventeen percent blame both sides.

Going a step further, 72 percent of Americans polled opposed shutting down the government to try to defund the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”).

I thought Republicans said they’re “listening to the American people?”  Well, 72 percent don’t support what they’re doing, so just who in the hell are they listening to?

Oh, that’s right, the tea party and people like the Koch brothers.  And while they might be Americans, they sure as hell don’t represent the American people.

The thirty-five percent blaming the president and Democrats isn’t really a shocking number considering for any credible poll that’s been done about voting trends, around that same percentage of Americans consider themselves “solidly Republican.”  So, what that basically means is that only Republicans are blaming President Obama and Democrats, while more independents are siding with liberals in blaming Republicans or both sides.

And honestly, the only ones who are really celebrating this shutdown are the right-wing radical tea party Republicans who simply don’t live on the same planet as the rest of us.

Because let’s be honest — a government shutdown is never a good thing.  There are hundreds of thousands of people working without any promise of being paid come payday (and no promise that they’ll be given backpay when the shutdown ends), that might not be able to pay their bills here in the coming days and weeks.  Yet there are Republicans who are openly celebrating this shutdown like they’ve accomplished something.

Well, I guess they have accomplished one thing.  They’ve accomplished looking like a bunch of brainless idiots who seem eager to prove they should be admitted to a mental health facility instead of serving in Congress.

So, Republicans can sit there and try to convince themselves that they’re “winning” something in this shutdown (which they’re not), but the polls say otherwise—and this is just the beginning.  The longer this goes on, the more the American people are going to blame Republicans for this ridiculous sideshow they’ve created.

Because that’s exactly what this shutdown has been—a sideshow.  It’s an act of pathetic human beings who want to use our government as some kind of political launchpad for their future campaigns.  They stand absolutely no chance at winning — they know it, President Obama knows it and most of the American people know it.

They simply don’t care.  This shutdown is about them, not us.  It’s about the tea party Republican agenda, not the “voice of the American people.”

If this was about the American people, John Boehner would let the Senate resolution come to a vote, the House would easily pass it and the government would almost instantly reopen.

And the only person really preventing that is John Boehner.  A man so fearful of losing his position as Speaker of the House that he’s put that above his duty to work in the interest of the American people.

This whole shutdown has simply been the perfect example of just how sad and pathetic the Republican party has become.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • xnerd

    Anyone that could blame the Dems for this shutdown needs mental health intervention.

    A bill was created.
    That bill was voted on in the senate and house and passed both.
    It was signed into law.
    It was upheld in the supreme court.

    The republicans saying that the senate is not cooperating with them, because they won’t defund a bill that has already been made law, is nothing short of insanity.

    What a lot of people DON’T know, is that this whole issue is even worse than what the average Joe things. This whole CR (continuing resolution) deal would not even be an issue if it was not for the REPUBLICANS blocking the budget proposal from going to committee. They have been presented with a Budget proposal I believe 17 times now and the republicans keep blocking it from committee.

    So not only is this shutdown 100% attributable to the republican extortion tactics, but they are also culpable for the lack of Budget legislation that would have allowed us to avoid this completely!

    This political gamesmanship needs to stop and stop now.

    • speakoutforscience

      It’s a miracle that more people blame Republicans, given corporate control of mainstream media. The misinformation is staggering….

      • Alexander Richards

        Corporate America hate the shut down too, they’re not getting paid for their contracts either.

        It’s only individuals like the Kock broths who would continue being rich even if their companies went belly up that support it on the corporate side

  • Gary Menten

    It’s just a Tea Party litmus test in prep for the mid-terms and the 2016 presidential election. If you voted to de-fund Obamacare, check box (A). If not, don’t bother running.

    • Pipercat

      No kidding, can’t wait for the spin next year….

  • Anthonij

    @xnerd: Of course, you’re absolutely right about the ‘insanity’ of what the radical right is doing in trying to force the repeal of a law that has already been passed through both Houses, signed by the president and upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court (which is hardly a very liberal branch of the government these days).

    But this seems insane only to us. To them, the radical right, this is a power play, a mini-Coup d’état, an attempt to destroy the workings of the Republic from within. In other words, this is in essence the same strategy that Hitler and the National Socialists used in Germany in the early 30’s… Use minor flaws in the democratic system to destroy the democratic process…

    Fanatics are always dangerous. Fanatics who hold public office are especially dangerous. The Tea Party and its fellow travellers are fanatics.

  • Kenneth C. Fingeret

    Hello Allen Clifton,

    What swamp/swamps did the 35% crawl out of. They need the psychiatric care that comes with the ACA/ObamaCare!

    • theabby

      They’d rather be crazy than sign up for Obamacare.

  • disqus_6AeSbMRBY2

    The Tea Party is a cancer on the body politic. Until they are voted out of office, and replaced with intelligent, moderate Republicans, (I’m convinced that there have to be SOME out there,) we are in trouble as a country that cannot govern itself.

  • jag0581

    You have to blame both Republicans and Democrats in this because it the job of Congress to pass a budget and they have both failed to do so. The Democrats have passed a CR (which is borderline unconstitutional) and the House has passed a CR, the problem is both CR’s are completely different, one has funding for Obamacare, the other does not. The Senate doesn’t want to vote on the House one, while the House doesn’t want to vote on the senate one. Now here is where this gets tricky. The Constitution states that all bills pertaining to money has to originate in the House, they have the so called power of the purse granted to it by the Constitution, therefore the senate CR really is unconstitutional because it originated in the Senate and not the House. Frankly at this point I think the only thing to do is to vote them all out of office.

    • Alexander Richards

      Excuse me they both pased budges in april/may but Republics block the standard precess of recosilat5 hence requires the CR

      as for the CRs being completing different the Sebate CR is saying yes to all the House CR budgetary demands they are identical, EXCEPT for the house version has law amendments to chance the ACA, like delay the mandate, given employers the right to denigh health care to female employees on ‘moral ground’

    • Robyn Kern

      However, if Bohner would bring it to the floor, and he is the one who asked for the senate to send one to the house, and if he brought it up for a vote it would pass. he refuses to bring it up for a vote as he knows it will pass.

    • Darthfluffy

      The senate CR did originate in the house, it was altered in the senate and sent back for reexamination, and that’s where it stalled, bypassing the constitutionality issue. They removed some things and added others… It doesn’t happen as much these days, but used to be that a bill could go back and forth a number of times through both chambers until compromise was reached.art

  • Rev. Janell Smith

    The Koch Bros, are trying to buy America and are just as out of touch with the American public thinking as was their Daddy and mommy who tried to force the John Birch society down every body’s throat back in the 60’s. Only the ignorant , greedy and uninformed believe anything they have to say.

  • Socialmedic

    Oct 2008: “You’ll never get elected and pass healthcare.”
    Nov 2008: “We’ll never let you pass healthcare.”
    Jan 2009: “We’re gonna shout you down every time you try to pass healthcare.”
    July 2009: “We’ll fight to death every attempt you make to pass healthcare.”
    Dec 2009: “We will destroy you if you even consider passing healthcare.”
    March 2010: “We can’t believe you just passed healthcare.”
    April 2010: “We are going to overturn healthcare.”
    Sept 2010: “We are going to repeal healthcare.”
    Jan 2011: “We are going to destroy healthcare.”
    Feb 2012: “We’re gonna elect a candidate who’ll revoke healthcare NOW.”
    June 2012: “We’ll go to the Supreme Court, and they will overturn healthcare.”
    Aug 2012: “American people’ll never re-elect you-they don’t want healthcare.”
    Oct 2012: “We can’t wait to win the election and explode healthcare.”
    Nov 2012: “We can’t believe you got re-elected & we can’t repeal healthcare.”
    Feb 2013: “We’re still going to vote to obliterate healthcare.”
    June 2013: “We can’t believe the Supreme Court just upheld healthcare.”
    July 2013: “We’re going to vote like 35 more times to erase healthcare.”
    Sept 2013: “We are going to leverage a government shutdown into defunding, destroying, obliterating, overturning, repealing, dismantling, erasing and ripping apart healthcare.”

    Reminds me of wife beating. If the GOP were your husband (or wife) would you stay?