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.

About Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column. He is also the founder of the Right Off A Cliff facebook page, on which he routinely voices his opinions and stirs the pot for the Progressive movement. Follow Allen on Twitter as well, @Allen_Clifton.