Voters Not on GOP’s Side in Shutdown

Roll Call’s Morton Kondracke has some sobering words for Republicans – the public blames the GOP for the shutdown.

Kondracke takes note of a new Quinnipiac poll that shows 77% of the public opposes shutting down the government to block Obamacare and 64% say the debt ceiling should not be used to stop the Affordable Care Act.

He argues the GOP needs to be very careful how the proceed in light of these numbers.

The bottom line is that Republicans are risking both political and economic disaster if they persist in loading multiple conditions onto the debt limit vote later this month.

A government shutdown, if it doesn’t last too long, will cause pain, but not risk the fundamental health of the economy. Defaulting on the national debt well might — and the latest evidence is that the GOP will get (and deserve) the blame.