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October 01, 2013

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October. Eesh.

Conservatives spent the past month claiming they didn't want a government shutdown, although you wouldn't know it to see their antics last night. Of course, these are the same folks who insist Obama should be blamed for the shutdown. They sure make it easy for the GOP to get blamed.

GOP congressfolk are bracing for shutdown fallout. Speaker Boehner has privately warned members that the House majority could be in peril.

Ironically, the Obamacare exchanges are launching despite the shutdown (just as Sen. Coburn said they would). What's more, if the government shutdown wasn't taking up all the space, the front page of every major daily in the country would have had an above-the-fold story on how the Obamacare exchanges aren't actually working as planned because of software and other tech problems.

So the score is: conservatives didn't manage to stop Obamacare. Conservatives are oddly celebrating a shutdown they claimed they did not want. The GOP is getting blamed. Oh, and how are voters looking at this? A new Quinnipiac poll out this morning finds voters opposed 72%–22% to Congress shutting down the fed govt to block implementation of Obamacare.

Brilliant work. And, of course, we still have the eventual GOP surrender to look forward to, wherein the ultimate pointlessness of this strategy is revealed for all to see.


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