October 17th, 2013
07:46 AM ET
9 years ago

Republican shutdown pain may boost Dems in 2014


Washington (CNN) - Long before the ink had dried on the Senate deal to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, the writing was already on the wall for the Republican Party: The last three weeks have hurt them.

They have borne the brunt of the blame for shutting down the government, and polls show that a large majority of Americans disapprove of the way the Congressional GOP has handled the fight over funding the government and raising the debt ceiling.


Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Government Shutdown
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    If this is what Tea Party Republicans will try to do when they are not in power, then can you imagine what they would try to do if they were in power? Just look at Wisconsin, Ohio, North Carolina, and Florida to see what they would do. They would resume their war on unions, women, voter IDs, and health care.

    October 17, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  2. Wake up People!

    Keep carrying the GOPT water. They wanted this shutdown. They openly campaigned on it, they bragged about it for months and they celebrated when it happened.
    They owned it. Don't try to put it on the dems. The GOP was upset that Mitt didn't win and did everything in their power to inflict as much pain on those of us that didn't want him.

    The ACA is law. The SC upheld it. Get over it. Stop acting like a bunch of 12 year old mean girls.

    October 17, 2013 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    " the public debt actually shrank to zero by January 1835, under President Andrew Jackson"
    The Bush administration began with a $300 billion annual budget surplus, which most economists had estimated would erase the national debt around 2010. Unfortunately, the Republicans were in charge of everything. They cut taxes to unsustainable levels. They increased spending by 7-9% over the previous year, each and every year. Finally, the Bush administration ended with a $1.5 trillion deficit. That's nearly a $2 trillion dollar swing. And GWB wasnt't nowhere near as bad on the deficit and national debt as Reagan.

    October 17, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  4. What's in that tea anyway?

    Of course Data D, Dom. Mama 4Obama, Sniffit, rs, Rudy, Wake-up, and many other progressives (otherwise known as libruls) have been saying this forever. But I need to remind, there's a thing call gerrymandering and it might not be as easy as it sounds.

    October 17, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  5. smith

    I doubt it. The american people seem to be displeased at congress as a whole. People are starting to realize that most politicians (both dems and repubs) are corrupt and in the pocket of their cash cow.

    October 17, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    I totally disagree. I think it will boost the anti-Dem sentiment to the point where the Dems are going to suffer significant defeats in the mid terms.

    It is OBVIOUS to the people that the Dems are criminal, and self serving. They sacrifice the country for their own benefit.

    I will NEVER vote for a democrat again.......not for any office, local state of federal. Never.

    October 17, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  7. the hippies were right

    Sadly, peoples memory lasts as long as the current news cycle. Remember the right screaming, Obama was going to destroy America with his weakness regarding Syria? Then there's Fox "spews" who saves the world for so many sheep. Their spin will be relentless and the flock will bow to their leaders demands. As they always have. If only facts were facts.

    October 17, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    Uh-oh. The Mulvaney article above states that there is only "slight" opposition to the GOP effort of shutting down the government. This article suggests otherwise. Indeed, it states (right there in the second paragraph) that "a large majority" of Americans disapprove of the way the GOP handled the "fight".

    You know, CNN. You folks really need to start flushing GOP/TeaPer talking points down the drain.


    October 17, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  9. freedom

    What planet are you on? This president and Reid have damaged the democrat party further than its ever been since king Obama came into office. The American people are shifting conservative as we speak – this president went full swing hard left – and people aren't responding well to it.

    October 17, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |